As a strong proponent of the Sechelt Aquatic Centre for decades, it is very distressing to hear of the pending demise of the climbing wall at the pool.
I have heard that it may be a distraction for swimmers in the closest lane. I also hear complaints that it is “dangerous” for participants of the aquafit classes (as a regular participant in these classes, I am not quite sure where the perceived danger arises) and that it interferes with sight lines during these classes.
I thought the Sunshine Coast was known for their tolerance and willingness to compromise. Certainly this does not seem to be the case here.
This $20,000 facility is designed primarily to provide another activity for youth or the young at heart, but could it not also be used for more specific activities to increase upper body strength and agility for those with mobility issues, in particular those in wheelchairs? The “wall” could be incorporated into programs to promote upper body conditioning in a fun and safe environment for anyone, confined to a wheelchair or not. There is already a lift to allow access for those requiring assistance to enter the pool. Why not promote the pool and its amenities to a broader segment of the Sunshine Coast? We have a great facility here — let’s not start dismantling it!
And for those in the aquafit classes, surely we can co-exist with this wall. Should the wall be removed to accommodate a small number of users to the detriment of the larger community, youth in particular? I don’t think so. I would hope the community will make their thoughts known to pool management.
Rand Rudland, Sechelt