Sherbrooke Pool Opens
News Posted on January 17th, 2017
Friends of Sherbrook Pool celebrates the announcement that the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool is re-opening today, Monday, January 9th, after a four-year closure.
“We are going to celebrate the re-opening with a big Pool Party in coming months,” says FOSP board chair Marianne Cerilli. “We’re also looking forward to implementing our Collaborative Programming model, in which community organizations will work with the City of Winnipeg to plan programs at the pool, and re-starting our free KidSwim lessons in the spring. But in the meantime, we couldn’t be happier to see the community get back into the pool!”
“The re-opening of the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool is essential to the health, safety and social wellbeing of the large umbrella that makes up the Sherbrook Pool community,” says FOSP Co-ordinator Daniel Thau-Eleff. “The pool looks great. At the ribbon cutting this morning, you could feel everyone’s excitement.”
The Sherbrook pool serves one of the most economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Canada. It is also uniquely appropriate to sections of the larger Winnipeg community, such as seniors’ Aquacize programs and swimmers with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and arthritis. The pool’s smaller size and potential for privacy can facilitate programs like the women-only swim organized by the Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute. The diverse uses of the pool also include training for the ChemoSavvy breast cancer survivor dragon boat team.
Friends of Sherbrook Pool was formed in 1992 as a community advocate for the pool and since the 2012 closure, FOSP has worked alongside the City of Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba, the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg and countless community members and volunteers to get the pool re-opened.