City supports UNB proposal to extend life of Sir Max Aitken Pool, few other details released

The City of Fredericton says it supports a proposal from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) to keep the Sir Max Aitken Pool open for another year, but have released few other details.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mayor Mike O'Brien says a letter was sent to UNB outlining what the city's role would be in a broader partnership.

Further discussions between the mayor and the Vice President Academic of UNB will be kept in confidence until such time as there is something to announce publicly.

The university recently proposed a cost-sharing agreement to keep the pool open until September 2019.

UNB offered to cover 20 per cent of net operational costs plus some staff costs, which will total around $190,000.

The city would be on the hook for the remaining amount, which the university says would be around $300,000 after deducting the grant in lieu of property taxes of almost $100,000 for the Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium.

Dr. George MacLean, vice-president (academic) for the Fredericton campus, said the gym will be decommissioned this fall as part of their commitment to the federal and provincial governments in the construction of the new kinesiology building.