Our pool under threat again

Here are excerpts from an an article in today’s Beach-Riverdale Mirror.

Community urged to fight pool closures

Beach-Riverdale residents are passionate about their local resources and are prepared to stand up for them.

Neighbours were quick to react when news broke late last week that the pool at Duke of Connaught Junior and Senior Public School, which is used by S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre, and the programming at Fairmount Park Community Centre (CC), which is connected to Bowmore Road Junior and Senior Public School, were both facing the chopping block in the city’s 2012 operating budget.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, dozens of supporters gathered at Lazy Daisy’s Cafe, near Gerrard Street East and Coxwell Avenue, for a letter-writing session calling on the city to maintain the programming at Fairmount Park Community Centre and keep the pool at Duke of Connaught school open.   Read the full article

A meeting of the Aquatics Working Group (AWG) is set to take place Thursday, Dec. 15 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Metro Central YMCA at 20 Grosvenor St.

All are welcome to attend.

Chaired by former Toronto mayor David Crombie, the AWG has been working since April 2008 to find a long-term solution to pool funding.

The TDSB and the city are also in negotiations to renew leasing agreements for the board’s 33 pools.

On Dec. 1, Crombie sent a letter to city Budget Chief Mike Del Grande expressing his “deep disappointment” with the city’s handling of the negotiation process. He also urged the city to revisit this item and seek the support and involvement of Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC), which handles real estate for the TDSB, to find an “appropriate solution”.

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