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Three Edmonton swimming pools on chopping block in city’s 2021 budget

Three Edmonton pools are facing closure in the city’s draft 2021 budget, as staff try to freeze taxes for the first time since 1997.
Three Edmonton pools are facing closure in the city’s draft 2021 budget, as staff try to freeze taxes for the first time since 1997.

Three pools in Edmonton could close as the city’s council looks to freeze taxes for the first time in two decades.

As reported by the Edmonton Journal, city staff has recommended the closure of Eastglen, Scona, and Oliver pools along with two arenas.

It is estimated the closures should save the city close to $28 million in short-term and long-term costs.

It has also been recommended to shorten the city’s pool season by keeping facilities closed during May and June, and reinstate outdoor pool fees for those 12 and older.

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