Kimberley Aquatic Centre likely to re-open at end of July

Shipping of parts taking longer than expected; some pumps need to be built

The Kimberley Aquatic Centre is still closed as it undergoes repairs.

The Kimberley Aquatic Centre is still closed as it undergoes repairs.

It now appears that the Kimberley Aquatic Centre, closed since April, will re-open at the end of July.

The Aquatic Centre was closed after bracing that supports the main six inch water pipe gave way and the pipe broke. The mechanical room in the basement filled up with water and there was major damage to components.

At first it looked like about an eight week shut down, but it has extended beyond that.

City CAO Scott Sommerville says shipping of the parts is taking longer than expected, and some of the pumps have to be built.

“They are not off the shelf,” he said. “Also, the recent disaster in Fort McMurray has increased demand for some parts.”

In the meantime, permanent Aquatic Centre employees have been reassigned, and are helping out in the Operations Department and Parks & Rec.

Mayor Don McCormick says that arrangements have been made for pass holders to use the pool at the Riverside Campground, which opens shortly.

“This should be a welcome workaround,” he said.