If it wasn’t obvious already, the City of Grande Prairie has confirmed it: swimmers won’t be using the Bear Creek Outdoor Pool this year. The projected opening has been moved to late spring 2019.
At the beginning of July, the City had looked forward to a late July to mid-August opening, which was later pushed back indefinitely. In a release, the City blames colder than normal temperatures and several days of flooding for the delay. In particular, that has affected laying the pool basin’s multiple coats.
“To [ensure] each layer adheres successfully to the pool tank basin, a specific amount of cure time is required and the correct temperature and climate is critical. The unseasonable weather has repeatedly made this challenging.”
The pool was originally built in 1962 but was closed in 2013 when a large crack was noticed in the structure. At last report, the project was said to be within a $5 million budget.
It’s now hoped commissioning will start October 11th, which includes making sure all the mechanics work and everything meets health department regulations. That should take two weeks and be followed by a winterization.
A grand opening is slated for late next spring.