Group of doctors petitioning City of Fredericton to save aquatic programs

A group of doctors is petitioning the City of Fredericton to help find a way to preserve aquatic programs in the city. 

CBC News reports the petition is in response to the planned closure of the University of New Brunswick's (UNB) Sir Max Aitken pool in September. 

The petition was started by Dr. Jillian Goodyear, a family doctor in Fredericton, and has been signed by over 100 physicians. 

CBC reports the petition, which is set to be presented next week, has been signed by doctors who feel that maintaining the current aquatic facilities and programs in the community is vitally important to the health of their patients and families. 

The plan is to send the petition to Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien and other levels of government as well as local stakeholders who have been involved in trying to keep the pool open. 

O'Brien declined to comment on the petition to CBC News on Saturday, saying he hadn't had a chance to read it yet. 

It was announced last month by both the city and UNB that despite ongoing efforts they were not able to reach an agreement and as a result the pool would close.

~ With files from CBC News.