Roof leak temporarily shutters gym at Westsyde pool

The gym at the Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre is closed due to a roof leak, but it is expected to be patched by the end of Tuesday.

“It’s not a big leak, but it’s something we want to address,” City of Kamloops civic facilities manager Jeff Putnam told KTW.

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Last summer, the city wrapped up a two-year, $3-million reconstruction of the facility, including replacing the pool roof, which had rotted from the inside out due to moisture.

Putnam said the section of roof leaking above the gym was not included in that project — it is separate, but attached to the pool building — noting the aging infrastructure is slated to be redone in a second phase at a date to be determined.

“I would expect that it will be done eventually,” Putnam said. “Right now, I’m working with the capital projects team to identify when that might be. But again, it’s two separate issues.”

The pool remains open, but the gym was closed on Monday, with the suspected cause being an issue with a roof scupper. Roof scuppers allow water to drain off the building, which has a flat roof. A roof contractor is now on site, working to fix the problem. Putnam expects it to cost about $5,000.

“We expect to have it all patched up by the end of the day, so it doesn’t sound like it’s a serious issue,” Putnam said.

Putnam said the roof is in its “mid-life,” noting the issue arose about a week ago when the city experienced significant rainfall. A roof contractor was brought in and the city thought the issue had been resolved.

It rained again on Sunday night and the city was forced to shut down the gym on Monday morning. It is unclear whether the gym will re-open later Tuesday.

“We certainly hope so, but at this time we can’t confirm 100 per cent for sure,” Putnam said.

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