Transformer damaged by errant driver shuts down Esquimalt Rec Centre

Spring break camps and other programs relocated in the interim

Neil Banman

Spring break camps and before and after school care programs had to be relocated from Esquimalt Recreation Centre on Tuesday due to transformer damage that cut power to the entire facility.

The damaged transformer, located outside the building off Fraser Street, had been struck by a vehicle between 5:30 and 6 a.m. Sunday. The damage didn’t immediately affect the power supply, according to Jeff Byron, Esquimalt’s manager of recreation services, but a fire started in the box around 7:45 a.m. when three fuses blew and all power to the centre was lost.

Workers got the system up and running again about 4:30 p.m. after spending all day on it, but it failed again early Tuesday, leaving camp and child care staff to set up shop at the nearby Archie Browning Sports Centre.

A temporary generator installed Tuesday was expected to produce about 60 per cent of the building’s necessary power, Byron said, but the pool was likely to remain out of commission until as late as Thursday.

ICBC and the municipality’s insurance company will cover the cost of the repairs, he added.

Other recreation centres in the region are honouring passes to Esquimalt Rec in the interim. Meanwhile, parents whose children are in camps or other programs, as well as other rec centre users are asked to visit esquimalt.ca or call 250-412-8510 for updates, or visit Esquimalt Recreation on Facebook.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Oak Bay High student selected for Canada Youth Olympic Team

Barbarians rugby player Lachlan Kratz heads to Las Vegas for Qualifiers

Free public lecture timed with scientific meeting in Sidney

Oceanographer Gregory Johnson speaks on the robots that monitor ocean temperature and salinity

Man charged in suspected Greater Victoria bus assault

The Victoria Police Department has arrested a man for sexual assault aboard… Continue reading

Library’s French collection gets $15,000 boost

Provincial grant adds extra French-language materials to Greater Victoria Public Library collection

Cruise Industry Job Fair on Saturday

Nearly 900 jobs created by the industry

President praises nearly 1,800 volunteers at B.C. Games

Ashley Wadhwani sits down with the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games President Niki Remesz

B.C. VIEWS: Our not-so-New Democrats don’t rock the boat

Finance Minister Carole James takes the wheel, steers similar course

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Canadians all smiles after record medal haul

Team Canada is taking home a record 29 medals from Pyeongchang – 11 gold, eight silver, 10 bronze

‘All of us should be ashamed’: Calls for change after jury finds Raymond Cormier not guilty

Jury acquitted Raymond Cormier in the death of Tina Fontaine after 11-hour deliberation

B.C. girl hopes DNA drive will help her find birth parents in China

Isabelle Smit, 10, is one of 20 international adoptees from Chongqing looking for DNA samples

That’s a wrap: Day 2 of B.C. Games ends with multiple ties in gold, bronze

Vancouver-Coastal Zone 5 continues to lead, so far earning 25 gold, 32 silver and 25 bronze

Saanich skater golden at B.C. Winter Games

Desiree Grubell takes gold, Emily Walzak silver in Special Olympics figure skating.

The way government learn someone has died is getting a digital overhaul

Governments in Canada turned to private consultants 2 years ago to offer blueprint

Bobsleigh team misses Olympic medal finish

Canadian team finishes four-man event 0.84 seconds behind first place, 0.31 seconds from podium

Most Read