Turnstiles coming to recreation centre

Turnstiles are expected to ensure more people pay for pool and fitness access

Oak Bay council gave early approval for funding a series of projects for the Oak Bay Recreation Centre, totaling $62,900.

The largest item, at a cost of $55,000, is for the installation of turnstiles at the entrance of the pool and fitness studio.

The new turnstiles are expected to ensure more people pay for access and help provide better statistics on use. The turnstiles should be installed during the regular annual pool shutdown in June.

Also in the works is the purchase of an additional pool vacuum.

Normally two are kept on hand. The spare will cost $4,700 and will be funded through taxation via the 2013 capital budget.

The third item is a prep table cooler, at the cost of $3,200. This item keeps condiments and vegetables accessible and refrigerated in the kitchen. The original cooler was purchased in 1976 and recently broke down. The new unit will be funded from the Ryan Vending Fund.

Council unanimously approved all three purchases to help keep the recreation centre running smoothly.