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Cowichan Lake Leisure Pool Society’s aptly named president Terry Pool, with the initial designs for the proposed pool, which were created in 2001. - Tyler Clarke
Cowichan Lake Leisure Pool Society’s aptly named president Terry Pool, with the initial designs for the proposed pool, which were created in 2001.
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The Cowichan Lake Leisure Pool Society recognizes that it’ll be a long time before the construction of a pool will be taken seriously in that area.

With this month’s completion of the $7.6 million Cowichan Lake Sports Arena renovations, the group understands it wouldn’t be prudent to request an additional tax burden, at this time.

“We’re basically in survival mode, now,” the society’s president Terry Pool said.

But, the group is still quite serious about the construction of a pool, once the timing is right.

“We’d have a better quality of life,” Pool said, of the town’s future, with a pool. “We’d be more proud of our community.”

In 2002, the projected cost of the pool was $5.2 million.

At the time, $3,000 was spent on an architect, who provided the group with plans and drawings of their proposed pool. This is much less than the arena renovations currently being completed, Pool is quick to point out.

Although the renovations are nice, a pool would have added a lot more to the town, Pool said.

“It’s something for people to do; more of an option,” Pool said. “They’re going to Duncan, because Duncan’s got everything.”

With the baby boomer generation reaching its peak, interest in hockey will dwindle. Swimming, Pool said, can be done by people of all ages.

Rather than dwell too much on the past, Pool and the Leisure Pool Society members are looking to the future for realization of their watery dream.

“We will still get it one of these days,” Pool said

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