Spray park may be open this week

The spray park and hot tubs, important components of the Rimbey Aquatic Centre, may be open later this week.

Chris Wadien from Western Rec was busy last week working to repair underground pipes which have cracked and become dislodged

Chris Wadien from Western Rec was busy last week working to repair underground pipes which have cracked and become dislodged

The spray park and hot tubs, important components of the Rimbey Aquatic Centre, may be open later this week.

Rimbey’s outdoor pool has been plagued with problems this year and even though the pool, itself, is operational, the spray park and hot tubs have been out of commission for the season.

Peter Stenstrom, director of community services, assures the public every effort is being made to rectify the problems as soon as possible.

“We’re committed to meeting the demands of the community and our goal is to have the pool, hot tubs and spray park operational from the May long weekend to the Labour Day weekend and we will do whatever it takes to get there.”

Rick Schmidt, assistant public works foreman, said underground shifting may have been the cause of cracks in the spray park piping, which in turn caused them to become dislodged resulting in leakage and mechanical problems.

“The whole area has been shifting and the pipes cracking. It turned into a massive problem but we have people working on it steadily and the pipes are being replaced,” he said.

Schmidt said once repairs are completed, the spray park will be pressure tested and may be open later this week.

New hot tubs have been ordered to replace the cracked ones now in place and Stenstrom is hopeful they will be in place before summer’s end.

Meanwhile the main pool is running well and swimming lessons and public swims are going ahead as scheduled.