Building outdoor pools may not be the most cost-effective use of Coquitlam residents’ tax dollars but they are still important amenities for the community.

That was the message from several Coquitlam councillors Monday after city staff presented a draft aquatic services strategy. The report called for upgrades to Spani and Eagle Ridge outdoor pools but did not outline a replacement for the decommissioned outdoor Rochester Pool

Parks staff noted in a presentation to council that most Metro Vancouver municipalities are phasing out outdoor pools mainly because they are expensive to maintain and can only be used for a few months each year.

But several Coquitlam councillors expressed disappointment at the findings, noting outdoor pools have been important community hubs for many neighbourhoods.

“Cost effectiveness is very important but it is not the only thing,” said Coun. Chris Wilson. “Sometimes, we need to look at what is best for different parts of our communities.”

Original Article from Tri-City News: http://www.tricitynews.com/news/outdoor-pools-too-costly-coquitlam-councillors-debate-1.1939498