Enhanced Facility Ready for Another Busy Season
Come on down, the water is great! Several months and over $200,000 later, a new and improved Selkirk Park Pool is ready to welcome swimmers for the season starting June 24.
Significant upgrades over the fall and winter to improve safety and water quality are now complete and park staff is gearing up to welcome visitors to one of the city’s most popular venues later this month.
Better Water Quality & Safety
Patrons will now enjoy better water quality and enhanced safety while the entire city will see the benefits of better water conservation measures now in place in addition to a longer service life for the facility. The project required an investment of roughly $210,000 from the city.
“We want to make sure our facility is the best that it can possibly be in terms cleanliness and safety,” Selkirk Chief Administrative Officer Duane Nicol said. “The pool is a very popular place for the children and families in our community to come and enjoy the summer in an environment that is as safe as possible.”
The renovations included a wholesale replacement of underground piping throughout the pool that will improve water quality and conservation. Putting pavement over the piping resulted in a reduction in depth at the centre – to five from seven feet – which will also make the pool safer for younger users who make up the vast majority of visitors to the facility.
Certified lifeguards will be stationed on site at all times over daily operations, which are slated for 11 am to 8 pm, Monday through Sunday, weather permitting. Once again, no admission will be charged for City of Selkirk residents. And, in spite of the sizable renovations, daily entrance fees will remain the same as last year for non-residents: $5 for adults, youth (four and up) and seniors with free admission for children three–years–old and under.
“Who doesn’t like heading to the pool on a hot summer’s day?” said Chris Carruthers, the city’s Director of Culture, Recreation & Green Transportation, who oversaw the project. “We’ve seen attendance increase at the pool significantly year after year, so we want to make sure the pool is fully accessible and maintained to the highest possible standard.”
Splash Pad to Open
Selkirk Park Pool welcomed close to 17,000 visitors last year, up almost 15% from 2015. Many of those were from outside the city. To better monitor the flow of guests, park staff advises that Resident Passes will not be offered this year. Proof of Selkirk residency will be required upon each visit to the pool. Seasonal passes will be available for non–residents to purchase at their discretion. Staff also advises that large flotation devices will not be allowed on site this year, again to improve site safety.
The adjoining splash pad will also open on the same day as the pool.
The enhancements are consistent with several priorities of the City’s strategic plan: to provide the best recreation opportunities for residents, improve environmental stewardship through water conservation and leveraging maximum value from community resources.
“We have a first–class facility here with fully trained and dedicated staff,” Mr. Carruthers said. “We’re looking forward to safe and happy summer for everyone.”