(A complete article published originally in the WFP, Mar. '65)
The head of the physical education faculty of the University of Manitoba has proposed that a competitive-sized practice swimming pool be built on the Fort Garry campus 1967 Pan American Games.
Dr. Frank Kennedy said in an interview that the pool, which would cost about $200,000, is essential to provide the competitors from about 25 to 30 nations with a place to practise.
Even if a competitive sized pool is built for the Games, it alone cannot serve all the practice needs, and there are now no other 50-metre pools in the city he said. The practice pool would have to have eight swimming lanes and be about 165 feet by 60 feet.
A good swimmer wouldn’t want to practise in a shorter pool. He needs the comparable equipment and standard.
Dr. Kennedy said it would be most economical to build the practice pool alongside the new $550,000 pool which will be opened July 1 at the University. Then there could be a multiple use of facilities.
The filtration system and dressing rooms could be used for both pools, he said.
Dr. Kennedy stressed that any facilities built could be used by future citizens of Manitoba in future years. There must be a continuing leadership from day to day and from year to year.
The university will have a lifeguard, instruction, aquatic clubs, and the necessary leadership to keep it functioning well he said. No matter what the facilities, you need the leadership or you will not service the community.
Besides, to use an existing organization is better than to build another one, and the university already has some equipment, he said.
An outdoor pool preferably can be used in comfort only about 40 days. The water should be heated to extend the usable period Dr. Kennedy said.