March 28, 2019 – The pool is ready to open!
This week, we filled, heated and chemically balanced the pool. Over the weekend, our aquatics staff will be training and preparing the pool for opening on Tuesday, April 2 at 6 a.m. On Monday, we’ll be offering a free ‘sneak-a-peek’ public swim from 6 – 9 p.m. Watch for more details on our Facebook page, and tune in on Monday starting at 8 a.m. to get regular updates throughout the day on how we’re working to get the pool open.
Feb. 12, 2019 – Pool Update – video
Late last week, we noticed that the water level of the pool significantly dropped over a 12-hour period. Our operations team has since been working to determine why the water level dropped. However, we still have no definitive answers as to why.
Unfortunately, the pool will not be opened on February 17. Swim lessons for March are also cancelled.
We do want to thank the community and all of the aquatics clubs (High River Dolphins, Tigers and Otters) for their continued patience during this extended shutdown. We’d also like to thank Super 8 for continuing to make their pool available to our aquafit members.
Swim Lessons – The next set of swim lesson are tentatively scheduled to start the last week of March, depending on the pool repairs. Information about swim lesson registration will be shared at highriver.ca/aquatics-facility in the coming weeks.
Earlier this year, we hired an engineering consulting firm to assess the structural integrity of the pool basin. The results of the assessment provided us with an indication of the lifespan of the pool. The good news is that the pool is structurally sound, and it’s estimated that the pool can function with regular maintenance for about another 15 to 20 years. This will allow us to meet the requests of our residents to have a functioning pool in the community while a new aquatics facility can be built.
The x-ray also identified minor repairs that will need to be addressed during the next annual maintenance shutdown, currently scheduled for the fall of 2020.
During the 2019 budget approval process, Council decided on a 4.6 per cent tax increase that will help us begin to save for a new aquatics facility. For the next 10 years, we will save $12 million towards a new aquatics facility expansion. While we save this amount, we will be working with residents to design a new aquatics facility – something that will serve the needs and desires of the community.