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Pool closed next summer

The pool at the Penticton Community Centre will be shut down for several weeks next summer.

Council voted at Monday's meeting to close the aquatics area from July 27 to Sept. 13, 2015, for the much needed tile replacement project.

"It is a pool decking and change room tile replacement, nothing else will be impacted," said recreation and facilities manager Chuck Loewen.

The project is a priority because there have been reports of slips and falls on the current slippery pool deck. The cost of continually maintaining the existing tiles is also more than just making the fix.

In one instance a man fell and shattered his arm. He had to have several surgeries and he had a number of pins placed along his arm after he fell on the tiles.

On Monday, council was given two options: to do the work during the summer weeks or from Nov. 17, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015.

They chose to go with the summer period rather than fall/winter, because it will have less of an impact on customers and revenues.

"Any time you disrupt service to customers it is upsetting," said Loewen. "But this is the least disruptive time for users of the pool."

The net impact of the closure in the winter was $28,500, while doing it later had an impact of $44,500.

Councillor John Vassilaki was the only one to vote against doing the work at a later date.

His concern being it will cost the city more money to do it later, because of the maintenance that needs to be done between now and then.

 "I know in the winter the pool is used more, but it still doesn't seem right to put it off when you have to spend that money to etch tiles," he said. "It's not economically feasible, we shouldn't be wasting money."

The tile in question is part of the pool area, which reopened along with the rest of the community centre in June of 2011, after a renovation and expansion of the facility.

Council subsequently approved the replacement of the tiles at the June 9, 2014 council meeting.

Have you fallen on the tiles? Contact us at [email protected]



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