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.

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