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Saturday, 15 July 2017 07:00

Bow Island pool upgraded

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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The Bow Island Swimming Pool has had all the filters and piping redone as the original pool filters were installed in 1982 and were in need of replacement. The Bow Island Swimming Pool has had all the filters and piping redone as the original pool filters were installed in 1982 and were in need of replacement. Photo contributed

The swimming pool in Bow Island has received some much-needed upgrades thanks to a Canada 150 grant. At the end of November 2016, the Town of Bow Island received confirmation they would receive $109,300 grant from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.


Anna-Marie Bridge, Town manager, says the pool filters were installed in 1982 and needed to be replaced due to regulations set out by the government of Alberta.
“The pool filters and all piping to the swimming pool will be upgraded under this grant funding,” says Bridge.
Bridge says the Town staff removed the pool filters in the middle of January and the new filters and piping to the pool was installed the middle of April.
The pool was to open May 19 and the upgrades were completed by that date.
The total cost of the upgrades was $218,600 and Bridge says they will be using MSI Capital funding for the remaining 50 per cent of the project.
“The upgrades to the filtration system will ensure the pool will remain open during the entire summer months,” she says.
It was important to Town officials they get these upgrades to the pool completed in time for the summer, to be able to have the pool open during  Canada’s 150th anniversary year.
The funding from the Canada 150 grant helped with the upgrades to the pool and ensured they could be completed.
“Without the help of the grant funding, we would not have been able to complete this project. As a small community, we rely on funding provided through grants to accomplish projects similar to this one,” adds Bridge.
The 2016 budget allowed an additional $150 million over two years to be given to Canada’s Regional Development Agencies to invest in local improvements to communities across the country beginning in 2016-2017, as stated in a news release.
A total amount of $46.2 million has been allocated for projects across Western Canada.
Bow Island was just one of 10 communities that was selected to receive grant funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, the Canada 150 Fund and Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
The government allocated money to these funds to help different communities modernize local recreation facilities and to improve social and cultural infrastructure and programs.

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