Aquatic centre set to open after May long weekend

It’s full steam ahead for the Rimbey outdoor pool, and while the weather is not co-operating for a May long weekend

It’s full steam ahead for the Rimbey outdoor pool, and while the weather is not co-operating for a May long weekend opening, residents can expect to the aquatic centre to be open the next weekend.

Recreation director Peter Stenstrom is optimistic this year will see a great improvement in the pool’s operation.

“I think it will be run better than it ever has,” he said. “Right now all hands are on deck getting it ready and new hot tubs are being put in. They are brand new, so they should work just fine.”

The spray park, which was not operational last year, due to a myriad of problems will run this year on a timer which will simplify its operations, said Stenstrom.

More effective drainage has also been installed in the dressing rooms, he said.

Landscaping is to be completed in front of the pool this spring.

Kira More, who has managed the aquatic centre for two consecutive years, has returned this year.

“It’s good to be back and I really enjoy working outdoors,” she said.

More has a couple of new activities in the works, which she is hoping to begin when the weather co-operates.

“I’m hoping to offer after school lessons this year for the month of June. We also will be having a separate seniors’ swim where people over 65 can go to the pool and enjoy a swim. As well, also will be having a test run to see if it’s feasible to reserve a time slot at the pool for people with disabilities.”