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Centennial Pool opening delayed

The City of Campbell River’s outdoor pool remains closed as work continues to repair a leak.

Plans to open the pool for the summer were delayed when a leak near a floor drain was discovered June 13 during repairs to the pool’s water circulation system.

“The pool basin is now over 50 years old and ensuring it remains watertight each summer is an ongoing challenge,” says Ross Milnthorp, the City’s general manager of parks, recreation and culture. “Patching the aging concrete during a recent upgrade to the pool’s circulation system was underway to meet Health Code regulations, and that work led us to discover the most recent leak.”

Constructed by the Rotary Club in 1960, the Centennial Pool is run by thecity and sees approximately 10,000 visitors each summer. People attend swim lessons, camps, lifesaving courses, kayak lessons, school, private and party rentals, public and length swims, fitness classes, the Rotary Duck Dip, swim club training and annual swim meet.

“Our maintenance contractor and city staff have been working hard to get the pool open again since a leak was first noticed,” Milnthorp adds. “Once the leak has been repaired, we will proceed with filling it with water, heating the water and balancing the water chemistry. We’ll be sure to notify the community of the timing for opening this popular facility as soon as we can confirm the details.”

The city will continue to issue updates on the pool’s status via its website and Facebook page.

“We appreciate the patience of all our customers – families, swim teams, schools and the people who book the pool for private rentals. Until we are able to open the outdoor pool, we encourage swimmers to use the indoor pool at Strathcona Gardens – and people can enjoy water fun at the new splash park in Willow Point as well,” Milnthorp says.

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