City of Fredericton, UNB announced agreement towards new pool facility

The City of Fredericton has announced an agreement with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) to provide initial funding for a new regional aquatics facility.

In a news release, the city says UNB has agreed to gift $3 million worth of land to the project so the $32 million facility can be built on Knowledge Park Drive.

The city will contribute $3 million in cash, in addition to $3 million to reflect the value of the land the university is offering.

The Sir Max Aitken pool on UNB's Fredericton campus was originally scheduled to close last fall, but an agreement between the city and university extended the timeline to 2021.

Mayor Mike O'Brien says, "Partnering on this initial contribution is a first step that took months to hammer out, but nothing concrete can go forward without other contributors at the table with us."

He says a capital campaign targeting potential contributors and partners needs to be launched.

UNB President Dr. Eddy Campbell says they're pleased to be able to donate the land, and are hopeful that this contribution means that the aquatics community doesn't go without a facility once the Lady Beaverbrook Gym is decommissioned in 2021.