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Iqaluit may get new pool complex by 2013

Iqaluit city council recently approved the redevelopment of the city’s recreational facilities and swimming pool complex.

Residents in Iqaluit, Nunavut, may soon see a new swimming pool complex built after city councillors approved the redevelopment of its current recreational facilities.

According to a CBC report, the first priority in Phase 1 of the city’s ‘Building Our Capital’ plan is to construct a new aquatic facility to replace the aging pool inside the Astro Hill complex. As part of the plan, area residents could see a new 11,000-m2 (118,403-sf) recreation complex built where Iqaluit City Hall and the Arnaitok arena are currently located.

In order to fund the multimillion-dollar project, city council gave recreation director Amy Elgersma permission to look into forming public-private partnerships, which would see a company build the complex and lease it back to the city.

A referendum is also planned this fall to determine whether ratepayers will allow the city to borrow money for the new facilities.

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