Dawson Creek city council waive swimming fees at aquatic centre


pic.pngDawson Creek city council has decided to waive the fees for swimming at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre for the summer.

A motion was brought forward by Councillor Charlie Parslow at Monday’s city council meeting.

Council feels that with Rotary Lake likely remaining closed for 2018, they want to give residents the opportunity to enjoy free swimming.

"We heard it loud and clear at the public meeting from folks that we need to have that family activity that's reasonable,” says Mayor Dale Bumstead. “Council dealt with that on Monday and we're going to open the family drop in swim."

Youth fees for are currently $5.25 and for families it can cost up to $18.38.

Bumstead says it will cost the city around $20,000 to waive the fees.

"It’s something you can do, drop down to the pool and take the kids and it's free. So that's a good thing for the residents to be able to enjoy some fun-family time," says Bumstead.

There will also be an increase in costs due to the need for more lifeguards and chemicals. The free swim will take place in July and August.

Most of council voted in favour of the free swim. Councillors Terry McFadyen and Paul Gevatkoff voted against Parslow's motion.

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