Pool Talk Updates

For almost 40 years, the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre (MRLC) has been a community gathering place where countless citizens achieve their healthy living goals, engage in their favourite activities, meet other like-minded residents and build lasting relationships. The facility continues to be the social hub of the City Centre, however mechanical systems have become outdated and the aquatic facility does not meet the changing needs of a diverse community. Since the MRLC’s opening in 1980, Maple Ridge has more than doubled in population from 30,000 to 82,256 citizens according to the 2016 Census.
Although there have been upgrades to the facility with the addition of a 25 metre teach pool, small wade pool and water slide in 2001, as well as small improvements along the way, the facility requires upgrades to significant mechanical and chlorination system components. At the February 28, 2017 Council meeting, Council endorsed revisiting the aquatics design components that could result in the approval of the improvements that will rejuvenate the facility to better serve our growing community.

The priority upgrades for the MRLC are within the aquatics area. The water filtration and pool mechanical systems date back to the original construction and are obsolete and expensive to continually repair. These upgrades will require the pool decks to be dug up, so the City is taking the opportunity to upgrade the leisure pool and hot tub to increase accessibility and improve the user experience.

Renovation Update – November 26, 2018

While the facility was estimated to re-open in Spring 2019, due to unforeseen construction impacts the renovation team has re-estimated a late Summer 2019 opening. The team is working hard to find efficiencies that will further reduce this schedule and the project remains on budget with no anticipated budget alterations.

Delays in construction are frustrating and we understand the impact the MRLC’s partial closure has on citizens. We are committed to transparency and to sharing the behind-the-scenes with citizens and, therefore, have provided additional information on the major contributing factors to the schedule adjustment:

Waterfall Play Structure

Community consultations showed that the restoration of the Waterfall Feature was important for citizens. Significant cracks were discovered on the waterfall structure, which required specialty structural engineers to review and provide repair instructions.

Hot Tub

Unknown buried concrete and utility lines were discovered during excavation; this concrete is blocking the path of the new surge tank and must be removed. 

Leisure Pool Walls

A discrepancy was discovered during concrete demolition that impacted the original plan for the surge tank/leisure pool walls. Significant demolition to the existing structures was required and a revised surge tank layout was produced to allow work to proceed.

Change Rooms

Multiple unknown conditions and underground concrete was discovered during the demolition phase of the Change Rooms which resulted in an intensive structural and mechanical review. 

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