Repairs sinking aquatic centre

Reoccurring problems with the drainage system and electrical components of the spray park has temporarily turned the $3.2 million

Reoccurring problems with the drainage system and electrical components of the spray park has temporarily turned the $3.2 million Rimbey Aquatic Centre into a white elephant.

However, town officials are not giving up hope the problems will soon be rectified for good, and the pool and spray park will be open to the public.

Tony Goode, the town’s CAO doesn’t lay the blame on anyone for the problems, which have left the town without the use of the outdoor pool for most of the summer.

However, he said lack of communication between all the parties involved didn’t help the issue.

Meanwhile, he is doing his best to rectify the problems.

“We have had issues with construction and we’re having to deal with them,’ he said. “Some parts are under warranty. Unfortunately, the structural deficiencies aren’t.”

Goode said the drain wasn’t properly constructed and has had to be replaced.

Electrical components of the spray park were purchased in Florida and are proving to be difficult to replace. “We’re working on it,” he said.

Goode understands people are frustrated because the pool has been closed most of the summer, but is hopeful it will be operational soon.

“It has been filled and the chemicals added and water testing has gone out. It should be open soon.”

He is not sure when the spray park will open.