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Regional Aquatic Centre could be open by end of May

Florence Hogan of Kippens is looking forward to the Regional Aquatic Centre in Stephenville re-opening so she can get back doing her pool exercises.

“In addition to some walking, water exercises are really my only exercise and with the terrible winter we had ... I really miss the pool,” Hogan said.

For the past nine years Hogan has been attending the pool three times a week taking part in water exercise classes and said she has really missed being in the water and missed her fitness instructors Georgina White and Tim Alexander, who is also the centre manager. But Hogan said she realized the 20-year-old building needed an upgrade.

The work included installation of new actuators for controlling temperatures in the building and a new main Desert Aire system, which is responsible for dehumidifying the building and other functions.

The facility has also had new emergency lighting installed, new showers installed, ceilings over the tots and junior pools restained, some new doors installed, repainting throughout the building and the handicapped doors at the main entrance replaced. A new events monitor has also been installed near the entrance to inform people of what is taking place at the facility.

In addition to the junior and tots pool, the multi-use family facility contains a six-lane competitive leisure pool and a whirlpool.

Mayor Tom O’Brien said the date the centre re-opens depends on how things go with a commissioning of the new equipment that has been installed planned for May 20-22. O’Brien said once the commissioning of the pool is completed, which will result in the water being heated, there will be a public announcement on its opening to the public.

The Regional Aquatic Centre, which was opened in 1994 closed to the public on Dec. 15, 2013 due to humidity problems inside the building.

Organizations: Regional Aquatic Centre

Geographic location: Stephenville, Desert Aire

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  • Corner Brook Swimmer
    May 12, 2014 - 17:41

    It is great news that the pool will be re-opening soon. A great pool for family outings. Worth the drive in from Corner Brook...