The Larwood-Shaw Memorial Swimming Pool opened on June 10, 1996.  While an outdoor pool’s life expectancy is typically 20 years, residents of Porcupine Plain & Area enjoyed almost 23 years with our facility.  However, in 2019, the pool closed due to structural damage.  The Town of Porcupine Plain is now looking into several options to rebuild or reuse the facility and its location to its fullest potential.

To rebuild a swimming pool to meet required specifications for health and safety standards would cost approximately $1.5 million.  While the LSMP Board spent years fundraising, even with the anticipated insurance coverage there is a significant shortfall in funding.  As a result, the Town is faced with a decision on how best to renew or replace the damaged pool.  It must consider doing so in a fiscally responsible manner that weighs the initial and continued investment to reconstruct and maintain a swimming pool versus constructing an affordable and sustainable facility, which would have the added benefit of encouraging greater use of the space available.  One must realize that, even though the pool was managed exceptionally well, it operated at a deficit each summer, even before utilities, materials or maintenance costs were factored in.

The Town must consider the pros and cons of reconstructing a swimming pool versus transforming the facility into an Outdoor Oasis, which could include a splash park, skate park, playground and outdoor fitness equipment, picnic and farmers market shelter, and enhanced campgrounds with green space for the enjoyment of residents and visitors of all ages. 

We invite residents of the Town of Porcupine Plain & Area to assist Council in creating a plan that is relevant and implementable for our community.  Please take the time to complete this Survey -- your input is valuable to us!

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* 1. Please provide your name and the community in which you reside.

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* 2. What is your age?

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* 3. Do you have any children in your household under the age of 18?

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* 4. How long have you lived in Porcupine Plain & Area?

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* 5. What is the main reason that you use parks and recreation facilities in Porcupine Plain? 

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* 6. If you don't use parks or recreation facilities (including the Pool, when it was operational), what is the primary reason?

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* 7. In its most recent years of operation, how often did you or someone in your household use the swimming pool?

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* 8. What type of recreation facilities are currently most needed in Porcupine Plain?  (select up to three options)

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* 9. Which purposes/benefits are MOST important to you when considering recreation in your community?  (select up to three options)

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* 10. Other thoughts:
    Thinking of other places you've visited, is there an example of a park or recreation experience you would suggest for Porcupine Plain?
    Is there anything else you would like us to know related to parks and recreation in Porcupine Plain?

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