Fred Broadstock pool reopens with kid
Nearly three years after someone last made a splash there, Fred Broadstock Pool is back in business, ideal for both divers that cause the big waves and swimmers making the littlest ripples.
This Saturday, the historic outdoor pool in west Edmonton reopens with a ceremony featuring entertainment, activities, and special guests.
Fred Broadstock has been closed for the last two summers while undergoing a $5.5 million redevelopment project that yielded a six lane, 25 metre pool with one and three metre diving platforms.
A significant change saw the facility’s original diving tank replaced with a children’s teach pool, which has a beach style entry at zero depth.
“There never used to be anything at Fred Broadstock pool for younger children or families,” says Mike Kuntz, project co ordinator with the city’s community facility services department. “If you didn’t know how to swim, Fred Broadstock wasn’t a very good option for you.
“This really gives a good opportunity for anyone, whether you’re a toddler or an infant, all the way through (to older people). The three metre springboard gives the teens what they used to have in the diving tank, as well.”
The pool’s entrance has been relocated, as has its office and concessions. Further upgrades were made to the change rooms, and the mechanical system was replaced.
The city contributed just over $4 million to the project, with the remainder coming from the province.