The Canada Games Aquatic Centre will close for two weeks in December as the city plays host to a large swim meet then shuts the facility down for maintenance in advance of a $9-million upgrade project expected to begin next year.
The pool will close Dec. 13 and reopen Dec. 27.
The swim meet takes place from Dec. 13 to Dec. 15, after which time the city will drain the pools and hot tubs to conduct tests in advance of upgrades to the centre, which are expected to begin in the fall of 2020.
The city is hoping grant funding will help to offset some of the costs to upgrade the centre to extend the facility’s life, improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
More details about the project are expected to come in early 2020.
City of Kamloops capital projects manager Darren Crundwell said a report could come to council as early as January, including costed options for further improvements.
The city previously took media on a tour of the facility, outlining possible upgrades that could be done to the facility further to necessary work. Some ideas included installing a dive tank, relocating change rooms and multi-purpose rooms, adding a second-level entry and enclose the breezeway to improve energy efficiency.
According to a press release issued Thursday, the city hopes that doing more prep work in advance of the major capital project will help to mitigate issues down the road during construction.
Meanwhile, Westsyde Pool hours will be extended during the closure to help offset impacts on swimmers. The schedule will be available at the end of the month online at kamloops.ca/swim.
Tournament Capital Centre pass-holders can have their pool access extended by speaking to staff at the centre or Westsyde Pool.
The closure will impact one week of swimming lessons scheduled for the TCC, with credits to be automatically applied to accounts.