The Rimbey Aquatic Centre is one of the pools across Alberta set to reopen in Phase 2. The adjacent splash park will open in conjunction to the pool.
Although Phase 2 of re-openings start today, Friday June 12, the Town of Rimbey say that it will be a few more weeks before the Aquatic Centre is ready for swimmers.
CAO for the Town of Rimbey, Lori Hillis, says that the delay for opening is a result of having to hire adequate staff for the pool for the summer and to ensure all necessary water tests and samples are done. These samples are needed to ensure that the water chemistry is safe for swimmers.
The pool currently has water in it as it was filled at the beginning of the season to protect the pool liner.
The Government of Alberta guidelines do allow for drop-in, swim classes, aquatic sports and public swimming. However, Hillis says that some things will look a little different from last summer when they reopen. There will be no public, recreational swimming until Phase 3 and during Phase 2 the Aquatic Centre will only be available for lap swimming and swimming lessons.
Hillis adds that the early reopening came as a surprise to the town, since they were prepared for the pool not to reopen until phase three.
The province’s guidelines outline that pools cannot exceed a maximum of 100 people and that two metres of physical distancing should be maintained between swimmers.
The guidelines also state that pool leisure features such as water slides and lazy rivers can reopen in Phase 2 while hot tubs and other heat amenities will remain closed until Phase 3.
More information on when the pool will officially open can be found on the Town of Rimbey website when it is released.