Free swimming for everyone in DC

After having previously announced free swimming for families and youth at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre for July and August, the City of Dawson Creek has decided that free swimming will extend to adults and seniors until the end of August.

Mayor Dale Bumstead proposed the idea at Monday’s council meeting, saying the $20,000 of revenue loss created by waiving family and youth fees were largely covered by corporate donations.

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Bumstead told council they have received about $15,000 — including $10,000 from Veresen Midstream, and “another five [thousand] from other sources, one confirmed, and the other four on its way, we believe.”

He said it was a good way to assess options for affordable community activities in the absence of Rotary Lake.

“This is a great test,” he explained. “We get a full analysis of what does it mean to waive the fees for our community for the pool for the summer months, without having Rotary Lake.”

Councillor Mark Rogers raised concerns about further subsidizing the pool.

“I’m totally okay with waiving those fees, as long as they’re covered through corporate donations or any other way, rather than the taxpayer,” he said. “But I’m not interested subsidizing something that is already heavily subsidized.”

The motion passed, with Rogers and Councillor Paul Gevatkoff voting against.

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