The pool at Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre will close for six weeks this spring as crews complete replacement of the building’s HVAC, mechanical, and dehumidification systems.
The work is the second phase of a project that began in 2016, when the facility was closed for more than a year as work proceeded to reconstruct the building’s roof.
While the pool and adjacent hot tub, steam room and sauna will be closed from March 23 through May 11, the facility’s gym and change rooms will remain open.
Unitech Construction Management of Delta will perform the work under the $1.3 million contract, which is part of the city’s core budget for 2019-2020.
Jeff Putnam, the city’s parks and civic facilities manager, said “the repairs will provide fully balanced mechanical and HVAC systems that will minimize future energy costs and humidity impacts on the building envelope.”
In addition, acoustic panels will be added to the pool building to improve acoustics on the deck and decrease sound levels.
Users have two options for their membership during this period: they may cancel their pass for a pro-rated refund or keep their pass active to access the gym facility.
During the closure dates, Westsyde memberships will be accepted at the Tournament Capital Centre for full-access use.
The pool in Westsyde will re-open before the Canada Games Aquatic Centre closes at the end of June for its six-month infrastructure improvement project.
Beginning on June 29, the Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre will have extended hours through the end of the year to accommodate displaced swimmers and user groups.
The city will undertake a $13.5-million maintenance project at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre in the Tournament Capital Centre, with the pool facility set to close following the Swim BC Provincials, which will wrap up on June 28.
The aquatic centre, which was built, in the early 1990s, is scheduled to re-open on Jan. 2, 2021, in time for another major swim meet.
Project updates for the Westsyde work will be available online at kamloops.ca/westsydepoolproject.