The vote was tight but in the end Richmond council decided to not demolish the Minoru Aquatic Centre and to repurpose it for community use.
While some councillors argued for keeping it as it was a city asset, others felt the cost of fixing it up and the limited activities that could take place there didn’t make it worthwhile saving. Council decided last year to spend more than $3 million to demolish the building in anticipation of the Minoru Centre for Active Living, which is opening in March. …
Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he never thought when the Minoru Centre for Active Living was planned that the old pool would be saved.
Keeping the building will be “very damaging” to the environment, he said, adding that it is “inefficient in every single way.” With the densification happening in the city centre, Brodie said there’s a need for greenspace, something that is as important as the agricultural land the city works to protect.
“We need not an old building where people can go and play their table tennis and darts and carpet bowl because they have plenty of other places to go and do that,” Brodie said. “What we need to do is to make a statement that we want greenspace, we want this to go back to greenspace.” …
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