The long-awaited Terrace and District Aquatic Centre is all set to open tomorrow.
The City of Terrace made the announcement Nov. 17. The centre’s interim operating hours will be Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and on Saturdays to Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The $8.8 million facility will be offering free admission until Dec. 2, using the operational costs saved during the pool’s closure.
Accessibility was one key consideration made for the project, with three ramps leading into the hot tub, lap pool and leisure pool, says project manager Floyd Mann. Wheelchair accessible change rooms and bathrooms were also built.
The lap pool was made 8 inches deeper with a flush gutter system, the leisure pool has a small lazy river with spray water features and an upgraded hot tub.
The new 2,000 sq. ft. fitness room has all new equipment with some pieces from the old gym.
During renovations, Mann says crews were able to repair issues around lead paint in the building, as well as dealing with rot in the ceiling and a number of plumbing and electrical issues.
He says the upgrades made are enough to keep the facility running for the next 30 to 40 years.
All fitness classes, swim lessons, private and school bookings will begin in January 2019. The department is also hiring more lifeguards and aquatic centre cashiers.
The pool has been closed since March 2017. Originally expected to open in January 2018, the revitalization project was delayed after a defect was discovered last August in the tile works around the edge of the main pool.
Construction on the $175,000 foyer is ongoing but will not interfere with pool operations.