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St. Davids Lions donate $10,000 for new community pool
Members of St. Davids Lions Club and town's manager of parks and recreation Kevin Turcotte at a cheque presentation Thursday.(Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

The fundraiser for a new St. Davids Community Pool has gotten a major kickstart thanks to a $10,000 donation from the St. Davids and District Lions Club.

The cheque presentation took place last Thursday at the club. The  town's manager of parks and recreation, Kevin Turcotte, was on hand to accept the donation.

Lions member Allen Snider said proceeds were raised from the club’s annual St. Davids Family Carnival.

“We had an excellent carnival and great contributions,” Snider told The Lake Report. “The community supports all the functions we do, so it’s only fair to give back to the community.”

The existing swimming pool on York Road was built by the Lions club in the late 1960s. Both the St. Davids Park and the pool were later turned over to the Town of NOTL. The Lions have since donated money for new pool heaters and supported pool day at the end of each swim season.

In July, Niagara-on-the-Lake council directed town staff to engage its consultant and ask the public about the proposed pool designs. After the first public meeting was held on July 31 and comments had been received through Join The Conversation website, the town came back with a new pool design at a public meeting on Sept. 24.

The design of the new pool has been revised, with two more swimming lanes added to the original four proposed lanes.

The pool will be built near the back of the park. The project’s cost will range from $2.5 million to $3 million and construction is expected to start after the summer season ends in 2020.

The parking lot, which was initially on the north side of the building, has been relocated to the west side of the pool. There will also be an outdoor water-filling station and solar panels will still be included for the heating of the water, James Hettinger of jh Architecture told The Lake Report.

Some residents also suggested having washrooms accessible from the park, so two exterior entrances have been added to the east side of the building.

The depth of the pool has been increased to eight feet from the initial seven feet.

“We’ve had great feedback and I think the community is really on board with what we’re presenting,” Turcotte told The Lake Report. “We’re hopefully looking to get the funding in place. We’re presenting it for the 2020 capital budget for the council’s approval.”