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Pass Community Pool construction on schedule
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A drawing of the Pass Community pool upon completion. The pool is scheduled to open on Canada Day.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
The construction of the Pass Community Pool is progressing as scheduled for a Canada Day opening, says Patrick Thomas, Director of Development, Engineering & Operations with the municipality.

Western Recreation & Development, the company hired to construct the new community pool in Blairmore, has been back at work since February after a planned winter break starting late fall.

According to Thomas, the contractors have been working indoors on the mechanical room for the past month.

“There’s still been work going on, we’re just not seeing the pool deck go around because of the winter,” he says. “There’s a large portion that they’ve now got installed, like filtration, hot tub heaters in the basement and piping.”

As soon as the snow recedes, the contractors will be back outside to pour the concrete walls for the pool and perform other work on the outdoor portion of the pool. Electrical and plumbing contractors will also begin coming to tie in the mechanical systems.

Thomas adds that the department is looking at ways to spruce up the facility from an aesthetic perspective that is separate from the functional renovations.
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“A few years ago when they had the building investigated and determined that the pool was beyond its life, structurally, they said that the building was in sound shape,” says Thomas. “However, we would like to modernize it and make it visually appealing.”

The municipality is looking to install a roof replacement, new doors, new paint, updating the lights and building a fence around the site for security.

The municipality is also considering options for the softscaping and hardscaping portions of the pool surroundings. The pool comes with a 1.8-metre wide apron that is part of the pool deck. Ideas include adding additional decking or grass for a lounge area where people can lay on towels.

“We’re looking to make it both functional and appealing,” says Thomas. “We’re exploring ideas, and that’s a tail-end of the project. It’s not encroached time right now, but it’s on our horizon.”

A lot of work remains to be completed before the July 1 opening date – filling the pool walls, installing the in-floor liner, all the hardware to hold lane ropes and start blocks for swim club, the piping and the installation of the heater. Despite the work, Thomas says the contractors are optimistic that it’s smooth swimming until then.
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