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Beltline pools to remain operational for two years

The pool inside the Beltline Aquatic and Fitness Centre is seen here after renovations in 2018. (PHOTO: City of Calgary)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A last-ditch plan to save two inner-city pools has passed in Calgary City Council.

After being set to permanently close down on New Years Eve, the Beltline and Inglewood pools will remain open for at least two years.

Councillor Gian Carlo Carra says it was a rushed decision to close them down by December 31, and they should at least allow people to make use of the facilities while they figure out if they are sustainable.

“We’re buying ourselves more time, to talk about the medium term and the long term,” said Carra.

The proposal includes adjusting operating hours and admission rates and possibly taking in a third party to help manage services.

It will cost $800-thousand a year to keep them open, but also, if they closed, Mayor Naheed Nenshi says it would still cost $400-thousand.

“Just for security and watching the boilers, while we come up with a plan,” said Nenshi. “That plan is going to take two to three years. This is insanity.”

Nenshi admonished administration over this and hopes they can develop a better idea.

An update from the city on a long term plan will come in early 2020.