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City forced to extend closure of new Edmonton rec centre pool

EDMONTON — After damaged tiles were found at The Meadows Community Recreation Centre pool during a routine warranty inspection, it will be now be closed until next spring for repairs.

The centre was opened last November, but less than a year later, parts of the facility were closed for warranty inspection.

The ice rinks and swimming pool at the southeast Edmonton rec centre were only scheduled to be closed between Sept. 8 and Oct. 31 for construction warranty maintenance.

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The rinks reopened on Oct. 3. However, the city now says the aquatic centre will remain closed until spring 2016.

“This is around ensuring that we have project and contract management in place, so that the facilities that citizens expect are to the quality they expect and deserve,” said Adam Laughlin, branch manager in the city’s Facility and Landscape Infrastructure Branch.

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The project contractor is now working with the city to fix the tiles. The contractor will cover the cost associated with the repairs, since the city’s warranty on the pool is still in effect. The tiles needing to be replaced are located on the pool’s deck. The tiles lining the pool and the tiles on the walls passed inspection.

All other on-site facilities, including the fitness centre, gymnasium, arenas, indoor playground, and library, will stay open during the pool closure.

Families who have registered for swimming classes at the pool have some options, Community Recreation and Facilities branch manager Evelyn Ehrman said.

“We will be calling all the families that are currently registered for programs planned to start in November, and we’ll be able to accomodate those people either at Terwillegar or at Mill Woods Recreation Centre.”

The city will offer refunds to families and users who can’t make the change.