The plan to build a new indoor pool on Île Perrot has just passed its first hurdle – support from residents.
“We haven’t started anything yet on the project,” said Éric Leclerc, a spokesperson for the town of Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot. “But at least we know it’s the priority of the citizens of all four municipalities. So that’s an important first step.”
On Thursday, the towns on the island released the results of a survey conducted by Léger Marketing. The poll found an indoor pool to be the top preference – with 80 per cent of island residents saying they would be in favour of having one built. That was the same level of support for an arena. However, more people said they would use a pool: 82 per cent compared with 66 per cent for an arena. Residents also asked for more bicycle paths, at a rate of 79 per cent , with 81 per cent of residents saying they would use them. An indoor sports facility was favoured by 77 per cent of residents, with 72 per cent saying they would use it.
The survey was among the first orders of business for the newly created Régie des équipements en loisir de l’île Perrot. The next step is to issue a call for tenders for a feasibility study on the pool. Each town will choose a spot on its territory, and the study will compare the benefits of each location. Marie-Claude Nichols, the mayor of N.D.I.P. said she expects the call for tenders for a feasibility study to be issued at the next public meeting of the RELIP on April 8.
“It’s clear a pool would make a lot of sense for the region,” said Pincourt’s General Manager Michel Perrier.
“I think this would be a wise decision,” Perrier said, adding that nearby pools in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, and Vaudreuil-Dorion are now overwhelmed both with patrons and with operating costs, and could soon restrict residents from outside their territory.
Perrier said it makes sense for the RELIP to build and manage a pool because the high operating costs would make it unfeasible for any one town on the island to take on the task.
“That’s the main reason the RELIP was put on the map,” he said. “You put the forces of all four towns together, you have enough people and financial backbone to entertain such a project.”
He said he expects a decision on the pool to be taken by the end of the year.