Users of the Ian Stewart outdoor pool gathered for the final day of the season on Oct. 10. Swimmers are saddened the region’s only outdoor lap pool was drained

Swimmers bid adieu to outdoor lap pool

The outdoor pool at the University of Victoria’s Ian Stewart Complex closed for the season on Oct. 10

More than 50 regular swimmers showed up to the outdoor pool at the University of Victoria’s Ian Stewart Complex on Oct. 10 to mark its final day of the season.

The belief among users is the pool has be drained for the last time this fall. However, there is still hope that UVic could extend the life of the region’s only outdoor lap pool when the results of an upcoming physical assessment are completed. The entire Ian Stewart Complex is currently being reviewed.

“I’m pretty sure it won’t open again, with (the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities) and other facilities already at UVic,” said Daniela Damian, a professor of computer science at UVic. The Gordon Head mother is an avid user of the pool and all her kids learned learned to swim there. She’s been a regular at the Ian Stewart outdoor pool since she moved to Saanich 12 years ago.  There is no pre-determined plan to shut down the pool, said UVic’s director athletics and recreation Clint Hamilton.

“We’re decommissioning the gymnasium and parts of Ian Stewart that are being replaced by CARSA but there is no plan for the tennis courts, the pool and other parts of the Ian Stewart Complex, until the third party consultant present a report on the facility,” Hamilton said.

In the meantime, UVic’s McKinnon pool continues to be available to the Vikes, Pacific Coast Swimming, students and faculty.

“I’m at the (Ian Stuart) pool every summer from the day it opens in May to the day it closes in October,” Damian said. “It’s magical in the mornings when fog and steam are lifting off the water, especially in the fall.”

reporter@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

West Shore resident, local officer encourages women to take control of their safety

Kris Greffard is posting short videos with safety tips for women using local trails and parks

Point Ellice House exhibit offers new lens into colonial history

The new ‘Politics of luxury’ display studies the wealthy O’Reilly family from several angles

Police and Indigenous communities pull together in 10-day canoe journey

Victoria Police Department, Ministry of Children and Family Development took part in Pulling Together Canoe Journey

Saanich Police receive another report of a cougar sighting

The big cat was spotted in the area near Saanich Road and Blanshard Street

Nearly a dozen coonhound puppies and their mother to reunite at Saanich park

Dogs’ former foster family initiated one-year reunion plans

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Most Read