By Justin Seward
Foremost council met on June 15 and decided after a long discussion that the pool will remain closed for the year.
“Due to COVID-19, we decided to do the construction project on our arena and re-tin the entire building,” said Foremost Mayor Lorne Buis.
“That’s going on right now and it’s pretty tough to open a pool when you have sheets of tin being thrown around, up and down and guys working above you. We decided by the time they’re done and we get the pool up and running and ready to go, it just wouldn’t be worth it to have it opened for maybe four weeks.”
It was challenging to make the decision for council.
“We discussed it for quite a while,” he said.
“ We got quite a discussion on it. We just felt with construction going on, it wasn’t a safe thing to do. It was kind of an unfortunate thing in a way that with COVID, we were under the understanding that pools were going to be Phase 3. We told the construction to go ahead and he got started Monday morning (June 15) and in the meantime we got informed that pools were put on the Phase 2 list.”
The village knew Bow Island’s pool was open and encourages people to go there if they want to take swimming lessons.
Foremost’s swimming pool was not the only facility in the area to stay closed for the reminder of the 2020 season as nearby communities such as Raymond and Milk River made the same decision.
Buis says the hope is for the new splash park will be completed very soon and opens to the public.
Meanwhile, the campground is fully open but the washroom facilities remain closed.