This will be the third year that the town of Outlook will be left without a pool. The facility was originally suppose to open on July 1st of this year but due to some unfortunate weather, construction was delayed.
"With spring coming so late, there was no work done on it in April. They didn't think they could make the July 1st date." Chair of the Fundraising Committee, Tony Peter, said the projected completion date was pushed back to August but that's just long enough for the town to decide not to open at all this year, "They will likely have everything up and running late this summer. They're looking at possibly mid-May or early June start next year. We'll get the entire swimming season in next year instead of just a part of one this year."
One of the main concerns of only opening for the last four weeks of summer was the operating costs. Peter explained, "One of the concerns was hiring staff. If they're only going to be open for possibly a month, they just didn't see how that would be economically feasible."
Construction crews still have to finish the changing rooms, decking and landscaping on the facility.
The news was disheartening to local swimmers, who will now have to travel again this year to Kenaston, Lake Diefenbaker or even Saskatoon for a swim.
Peter said it wasn't the news they wanted, but it is what it is, "There are a number of people who are disappointed because they were looking forward to get some swimming in this year but spring came late and work didn't get started as quickly as we'd like."
He also noted that despite the setback, the fundraising committee is still working hard to pay off the project.
The total estimated cost of the pool is $1.7 - $1.8 million. The committee has raised just over $1.3 million of that.
Peter said they are just collecting donations at the moment but they are working on organizing a fundraiser or two, "The fundraising committee has been talking about different possibilities but at this time of the year, with seeding coming, it's always a hesitation to have a major fundraiser."