By Terry Hughes
While looking through my notes from my time serving on the heritage committee back in 2008, two structures that were mentioned along with others were the Cross Street Pool and Feeder Lock. Today, these two structures still appear on the agenda and minutes of the heritage committee in 2019!
Since being declared as a site to be developed as a national monument by the MacLaren Report back in 1984, many efforts have been made to pursue this goal.
For example, In 1990 city council endorsed the idea and when the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation (WRCC) came into being after 2005, they endorsed the idea several times. Two years ago we thought that city council had supported the designation of the pool but the city clerk informed me that a last minute agreement was reached not to pursue the idea.
Our MP, Vance Badawey, last year said that he would support the effort. Since then a list of 25 prominent citizens has endorsed the proposal for the pool explained below:
The accompanying picture shows the structure in the form of a reflecting pool enclosed with an iron fence and a shower of water cascading at its centre. This project would recognize the 75 years it served as an aqueduct and the nearly 40 years as a swimming pool. In winter because it is only 18 inches deep, it would serve as a skating rink that would replace the small ice pad in front of the civic centre. This would recognize the winter days when people skated on the old canals and river. No hockey would be allowed. Appropriate historic signage would be placed on site. (Inscription in white at far right says: Second Aqueduct 1851-1926)
So what is your opinion? If you like the idea, tell your city councillor about it and tell the folks to hurry up the proposal now languishing in the heritage committee!
We’ll deal with the Feeder Lock Park issue another time.
(Image Credit: Darlene Kisur de Pagter)