Unexpected pool repairs eliminate June closure

A silver lining appears in June after an unexpected leak shut down the Oak Bay Recreation Centre pool Nov. 29

A silver lining appears in June after an unexpected leak shut down the Oak Bay Recreation Centre pool Nov. 29.

The pool was emptied to find the source of a leak discovered Nov. 29 after patrons noticed the water was cool.

The pool was drained and the source of the leak found a few days later using sonar detection. The repair required excavation to examine the full extent of the damage.

“The pipe repair work went very well, and is completed – and concrete has been poured to fill the hole that was cut in the pool basin,” said Janet Barclay, Manager, Recreation Program Services for Oak Bay.

“We now have to  wait  for the concrete to harden and then staff can then tile over it.”

With that damage repaired, and a pool already dry and drained, Recreation Oak Bay will take advantage of the unexpected opportunity.

“Staff are now doing the  work that was scheduled for the June maintenance shutdown,” Barclay said. “Therefore we won’t have to close in June next year.”

 

During the shutdown, expected into the new year, Oak Bay passes are valid at any municipal recreation pool in Greater Victoria as well as the Victoria and Langford YM-YWCAs.