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Westsyde Pool to close for six weeks for phase two of renovations

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February 13, 2020 - 10:40 AM

The Westsyde Pool will be closed for six weeks as crews work on the second phase of building upgrades.

The upgrades are parts of a multi-phase plan that began four years ago. In 2016, the pool’s natatorium building envelope and roof were removed and reconstructed as part of the first phase. After that project, it was noted further work was required.

Now, the upgrades will see a complete replacement of the HVAC, dehumidification and mechanical systems which will decrease the energy costs and humidification levels. The upgrade will also see the implementation of acoustic panels added to the natatorium to lower sound levels.

The pool will be closed from March 23 to May 11, but the fitness area and change rooms will remain open.

Users of the pool can either cancel their pass and receive a pro-rated refund, or they can keep their pass and continue to use the fitness centre. Pass holders are welcomed to full-access use of the Tournament Capital Centre during the closure.

Prior to phase one of the project, public consultation showed that the community was highly supportive of the investment in public recreation infrastructure. Since reopening, the pool and fitness centre has seen an increased attendance. A release from the city-states that these improvements are necessary to extend the life of the facility.

The Westsyde Pool will reopen before the Canada Games Aquatic Centre closes for its infrastructure improvements. During the closure of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, the Westsyde pool will have extended hours, starting on June 29, to accommodate displaced swimmers and groups who use the facility.

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