Aldergrove pool keeps getting kicked around
Editor: I wish to comment on the March 20 article in The Times, “More land sales planned to fund pool.”
Did Langley Township council have to sell land for the Blair Pool? I don’t know. Did the council have to sell land for the Langley Events Centre? I have to pay my taxes so I have no money to bet with, but if I did, I’d say “probably” not, because as I understand it, the provincial government played a part in the development of the LEC project.
In regards to the artist’s rendition of the pool project, do you really think that rendition fits with the current and probably the future community style? Look at all the boo hoo hoo about the Coulter Berry building in Fort Langley. Does someone thinks that this design rendition fits right in with the heritage of Aldergrove?
Did this designer do any homework on the history of Aldergrove? This would come in handy if anyone wants to achieve any continuity for the store frontages on the high street.
You have an old school on a street with a bunch of broken- down store fascia, and someone thinks we should be building something that you might find in downtown Vancouver. I’m not opposed to mixing the old with the new, but this in my mind is just not working.
The rendition of course is one-dimensional from the street. Where are the trees, and fencing near the sidewalk (or maybe neither will exist)? This picture doesn’t give you any idea. Why can’t the same fascia on the old school be used? Why do we have to go to “Star Trek” for a design?
Why do we need a new arena? That question was posed a long time ago. Would it not be less expensive to do an upgrade to the existing arena? They would be within blocks of each other.
Maybe it’s because I’m trying to reduce my expenses, but I have to pose the question “why is it costing $1 million for a detailed technical study?” Really? How many studies have already been done?
The community wants a pool and a recreation area, a gym, sauna, etc. We aren’t asking for the world. We just want to have the same kind of services other areas of the Township receive. Is that too much to ask? We pay taxes too.
Believe me, if you build it they will come — from all around, including Abbotsford, which is just a few blocks down the road.
Every time I see an article about this pool, I cringe, because it seems to say “no.” Let’s make the building ugly. Start cutting features. Let’s sell off more land. It’s too expensive to give you what you want.
After a time, it may come down to “sorry folks, it’s just too much, it ain’t gonna happen.” It’s Aldergrove’s Cinderella.