City, UNB announce closure of Sir Max Aitken Pool despite ongoing talks

The City of Fredericton and the University of New Brunswick (UNB) have announced that the Sir Max Aitken Pool will close despite ongoing efforts to keep it open. 

A joint news release from both the city and UNB says they have not been able to reach an agreement and as a result the facility will close in September. 

The news release also says the age of the building, the fact that the building systems are past their life expectancy, and the ongoing operating costs make the financial risk too great to continue with an operating agreement. 

Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien says the city understands this decision is not what competitive swimmers in the region will want to hear, but he further adds that it's not a sustainable decision to continue to operate the facility. 

He says the city will now focus its efforts on trying to accommodate competitive and recreational swimmers at the Fredericton Pool. 

Last month UNB had announced it would keep the pool open for another year, until September 2019, and proposed a cost-sharing agreement with the city during the extension.