Group considers former Fredericton department store as home for temporary pool

Could the former Target store in uptown Fredericton become home to a temporary competitive swimming pool?

That's one option the Capital Region Aquatic Facility Team is considering as UNB prepares to close the Sir Max Aitken Pool in the fall of 2018.

The Daily Gleaner reports the group has reached out to Commercial Aquatics Inc., which says it could install a temporary 25-metre pool in the former department store for about $5 million.

Officials say the pool would be a good substitute until a new permanent aquatic centre could be built.

CRAFT has been lobbying local municipalities, including Fredericton, for a new permanent aquatic centre to replace the Sir Max Aitken Pool.

Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien has said the new $50-million performing arts centre remains the city's top priority.