Swimming lessons and Killer Whales Swim Club practices resumed at the pool Monday.

Pool open after months of delays

After months of delays, the pool at Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex opened for business Monday.Swimming lessons, chronic disease management programs and Killer Whales Swim Club practices were all underway two days ago but drop-in swimming had to be cancelled as only one change room was available.“We could only fit so many people because we only had one change room complete and we made it a family change room,” said Susan Bullock, manager of programs at Strathcona Gardens.But yesterday the pool opened its doors at 6 a.m. and it was business as usual, with a second change room up and running. Bullock said the family change room, which has been enlarged, will be finished in a couple of weeks.All change rooms now have three private shower stalls and one also houses a toilet to make them more accessible to those with physical disabilities.“Those who are disabled don’t have to use the family change room anymore,” said Bullock who added the change rooms also have lifts to help those in wheelchairs go from their chair to the toilet or from an aquatic medical bed back to their wheelchair.There is new tiling on the pool deck and new signage bearing pool rules. The bulk of the work was done underneath the pool, to fix drainage issues.Construction began last summer and unexpected structural issues kept delaying the re-opening of the pool. Originally the pool was slated to be ready to go by the end of December but that was changed to late January and then, finally, late February.A grand opening is scheduled for March 12 with free swimming and use of the weight room. Length swimming runs runs from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. that day and there are two different everyone welcome sessions, from 12:30-4 p.m. and then again from 5-9 p.m. The first session will have games, water balloons and the big inflatable snake will be brought out.

Just Posted

Campbell River thrift store robbed at knifepoint, say RCMP

Suspect fled on bicycle following Tuesday stick-up

UPDATE: Campbell River RCMP arrest second person in arson investigation

Police say suspects identified, house fire on Henderson Avenue ‘not random’

Shrapnel narrowly missed firefighters in ‘suspicious’ Campbell River house fire

No injuries reported; firefighters prevented blaze from spreading

RCMP stepping up summer patrols in Campbell River and area lakes

Traffic patrols increasing after 32 alcohol-related incidents during 2018 Canada Day weekend

UPDATE: Fire in abandoned Campbell River house deemed suspicious

Reports of homeless people using vacant home at 666 8th Ave.

VIDEO: Driver doing laps in busy Vancouver intersections nets charges

Toyota Camry spotted doing laps in intersection, driving towards pedestrians

Every situation is different, jurors hear at coroners inquest into Oak Bay teen’s overdose death

Pediatrician says involuntary treatment necessary following overdose, opioid use

Nanaimo man gets jail time for posting explicit photos of ex-girlfriends

Man’s name cannot be revealed to protect victims’ identities

RCMP across Canada to soon unionize, according to B.C. mayor

A spokeswoman for RCMP headquarters in Ottawa says it’s not yet a done deal

Explicit sex-ed guide for adults mistakenly given to Creston elementary students

The booklet clearly states online and inside that the guide contains sexually explicit information

Driver has $240K McLaren impounded minutes after buying it in West Vancouver

Officers clocked the car travelling at 160 km/h along Highway 1 in a 90 km/h zone

Former Vernon Judo coach pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Bryan Jeffrey McLachlan is set to return to court Sept. 4 for sentencing

B.C. Olympic skier sues Alpine Canada after coach’s sex offences

Bertrand Charest was convicted in 2017 on 37 charges

Most Read