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Tournament Capital Centre to reopen to swimmers in new year

The Tournament Capital Centre is pictured in this submitted B.C. Government photo.
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December 30, 2020 - 1:47 PM

Renovations are nearly complete at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre at the Tournament Capital Centre and swimmers will be welcomed back in the new year.

On Saturday, Jan. 2, the pool will reopen for public swim lessons and competitive swim clubs before opening to the general public on Friday, Jan. 15, according to the City of Kamloops in a press release.

The purpose of the renovations was to replace several critical infrastructure components of the facility including the roof and walls of the pool building, the boilers, and the mechanical, electrical, and HVAC systems. The project also included LED lighting and more energy-efficient hot tubs, sauna, and steam room, according to the City.

“We’re excited to get everyone back into the pool as soon as possible, but safety during the pandemic is our top priority,” said Andrew Smeaton, the City’s aquatics supervisor, in the press release. “The updates are impressive and change how people move through the space, as do the COVID safety protocols. By starting with our public swim lessons and aquatic clubs only, we can ensure these groups get oriented to new procedures, and then we will be ready for drop-in users and the general public on Jan. 15.”

COVID-19 restrictions will be in place. Masks will be required in all dry areas, traffic flow will be one-way in change rooms, the sauna and steam room will remain closed, the whirlpool will have a maximum capacity of three and public swims will have a capacity of 50.

Lap swims will also be limited and programs will not be scheduled concurrently.

The first public swim is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 15, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and registration is required. Swimmers will be able to register online as of 9 a.m. on Jan. 9 and one week in advance of each subsequent public swim.

Swim schedules are available online and are subject to change based on Public Health orders.

Effective Jan. 2, the TCC hours will be expanded and Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre will return to regular hours.

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