Nelson pool renos reach critical point

Service at the Nelson and District Community Complex will be disrupted periodically over the next two months.

The upgraded NDCC pool tank passed its first test in May — it’s watertight.

Service at the Nelson and District Community Complex will be disrupted periodically over the next two months as crews install a new rooftop air handling unit, replace exterior windows, install new air ducts and continue other renovation work.

“We’re asking for patience and understanding from our clients right now, because some areas of the facility are going to become a construction zone off and on until July,” recreation manager Marty Benson said in a news release. “Although we’ve tried to keep disruptions to a minimum, we anticipated at some point other areas of the facility would be impacted. We’re at that point now.”

From now through June 12, the layout of the weight room will change to accommodate equipment from the functional training area so work crews can build structural supports for the air handling unit. The weight room, cardio area and fitness studio will remain open.

From June 12 to 15, the fitness centre, fitness studio, administration area and multi-purpose room will be closed completely while crews cut concrete and demolish parts of the cardio area for the installation of air ducts to the leisure pool.

From June 16 to early July, the arena will serve as a cardio area so people can continue to work out. The entrance to the fitness studio will be moved so fitness classes can continue in the summer while construction is completed.

“The project is going well. The water test of the pool tank was successful which allows the tiling to begin in the coming weeks,” said Benson.

“I have recently seen the pool and can visualize what a wonderful facility is being created for our community,” said Valerie Warmington, chair of the Nelson and District Recreation Commission. “I’m also confident the wait will be worth it. We’re going to be able to enjoy the aquatic centre for decades to come.”

A detailed description of construction zone activities and expected disruptions has been posted at the NDCC.

The aquatic centre is expected to reopen to the public in early fall.

 

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