Riverdale pool will be demolished, splash pad to take its place next year

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Young swimmers dive into one of the city's municipal pools.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Another venerable outdoor pool in Cornwall has seen its last swimmer.

City parks manager Christine Lefebvre confirmed to Seaway News the pool in Riverdale Park, in Cornwall's west end, will be demolished this summer.

Plans are to replace the pool with a splash pad, but that won't happen until next year at the earliest.

Lefebvre said the reason lies in the economics of repairing a pool that is more than 50 years old.

"It's obsolete. We can't even get parts for it," she said. "We've been trying to keep it going."

The final straw came when it was determined a return line beneath the pool is leaking badly.

Seaway News has received calls from frustrated residents, who did not want to share their names, complaining about the decision.

But Lefebvre pointed out the city is following a plan it established in 2009 to rid itself of outdated pools and replace them with splash pads.

Two other city pools, St. Therese on Thirteenth Street and Kinsmen off of St. Felix Street, have also been closed in recent years – which was accompanied by complaints from residents in those neighbourhoods.

"The other two neighbourhoods were passionate about their pools too," said Lefebvre.

To build a new pool in Riverdale would cost at least $800,000 - likely more - while a splash pad rings in at $350,000 and requires little operating expenditures thereafter.

The closest pool for residents in the Riverdale neighbourhood will now be St. Francis de Sales, located on Second Street between Brookdale Avenue and Cumberland Street.

Lefebvre said the replacement splash pad in Riverdale won't be built until 2015 - subject to city council budget approval.

Organizations: Seaway News

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario, Riverdale Park Thirteenth Street Felix Street Second Street Brookdale Avenue Cumberland Street

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  • Murray Lewis
    June 29, 2014 - 14:55

    If you fall into deep water your splash pad skills aren't likely to help you much. Just sayin

  • Dean Mullen
    May 20, 2014 - 13:59

    While I understand the economics, it is a sad day for Riverdale. I have fond memories of both this pool as well as the "kiddie" pool that use to be at Riverdale park when I was a kid. Seems to be lots of money going to winter activities and facilties while summer options diminishing.

  • Lunk the Skunk
    March 28, 2014 - 07:50

    Sure, let's get rid of all the pools and replace them with cheaper things like splash pads and still charge residents a whole bunch or taxes and fees that constantly increase. I'm sorry, but I know children that much rather a pool instead of these splash pads. It's like when you were a kid and had to run through the sprinkler because Dad said he didn't want to blow up the pool; it really wasn't fun and it is exactly what our city is doing. I do not agree with their decisions and I find that instead of being cheap about their decision, they could take a poll and see what the children want and if the adults accompany their decisions and then they could decide accordingly.

  • Johnny
    March 27, 2014 - 21:45

    Wow. Rediculous I don't care what u do. U can't dive or do a cannon ball on a splash pad. Really look at this decision. Will the kids that r 10,11,12,13 first of be allowed to go to second street. Na!!! So much for Riverdale being a small community. Look out tennis courts here comes tether ball. Thanks city. Enjoy the summer kids. Sounds like ps3, Xbox, psp. Oh ya did the city ask the kids what they would like. Mmmmmhh

  • Fred the Head
    March 27, 2014 - 10:52

    Taxes go up and services disappear. Residents have been clearing and flooding the Dover Heights rink all winter ... where's the City services to help out?