Let's get the conversation going. The Moose Jaw Heritage Advisory Committee is hoping that last week's announcement that the Natatorium has been added to the National Trust For Canada Top 10 Endangered Places List will get something started after years of nothing.

Committee chair Scott Hellings is hoping something can be done eventually following several failed attempts to try and get a project off the table.

"As a committee, all we can really do is continue to put forward the importance of preserving heritage buildings like the Natatorium," said Hellings when asked what can be done next. "We can always ask people if they have ideas to come forward and who knows where it goes from there."

Right now, Hellings says there are no plans for the building in Crescent Park so it will continue to be used for storage and to house the filtration/pump equipment for the outdoor pool.

Binders filled with reports and recommendations sit on the shelves at Moose Jaw City Hall with all discussions coming back to the fact that the city has more pressing issues to deal with. One report from 2016, suggested that it could take $6 million to try and make the building into a safe public space. Discussions at city hall in the past have questioned the ability of a private investor to operate in a city-owned park if they purchased the building.

Public consultations have generated a number of plausible ideas from an atrium to a halfway house and anything in between, but without a champion for the project or a source of funding, councillors have decided to leave the building to sit until something significant comes forward.


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