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In 2013, staff retained the services of an architectural company with experience in pool construction and design. The architectural review resulted in the following recommended upgrades which still remain a priority:
Replacement of Aging Equipment – Relocation of the electrical room/panels and creating environmental separation will be necessary during the renovations to prevent future moister damaged to the cabinets and panels.
Chlorination – Chlorine gas is used to maintain the cleanliness of the pool in conjunction with the filtration systems which are outdated and much less inefficient than other filters that are now available for aquatic complexes. This will be addressed by building an expanded mechanical room, replacing the outdated water filtration system and converting to a combined liquid chlorine (which is much safer to handle) and a U.V. system, to ensure the highest water quality possible.
Pool Tank Accessibility – Currently, the toddler pool, leisure pool, swirl pool and lap pools do not have wheel chair access and limit accessibility for some of our customers. The renovation will improve accessibility allowing opportunities for all leisure centre users to swim and recreate.
Lobby and Change Room Upgrades – Priority upgrades to the lobby and change room will create a more inviting and welcoming environment for Leisure Centre customers and will provide an expanded change room area for families as well as improving accessibility in a gender neutral environment.
The Maple Ridge Leisure Center (MRLC) opened in 1980 and has served us well for more than 37 years. However, to continue serving our citizens well into the future, upgrades are needed. The project is driven by the need to update the mechanical and filtration systems. Filtration and pump systems date back to the original construction of the facility and are now obsolete, expensive to maintain and have presented reliability concerns. These upgrades will not only improve the mechanical systems, but increase overall accessibility and customer enjoyment.
The City is committed to minimizing the impact on our customers throughout the retrofit and is currently working with our neighbouring communities with aquatic facilities to create solutions. Visit this page for updated information as it becomes available. In addition, we will also be extending the outdoor pool season.
Council originally explored the option of building a new wellness centre (including a new aquatic facility) prior to moving forward with the upgrades at the MRLC. However, the condition of the MRLC requires that upgrades to the current aquatic facility be a priority.
Customers with memberships will be able to place their passes on hold during the pool closure, or can withdraw their membership and receive a refund.
The budget for this project is set at $9 million.
At this time, the childminding centre is scheduled to remain open throughout the pool closure. Any known closures will be announced with as much notice as possible.
There will be some minor sidewalk renovations on the South side of the park, however they are unlikely to have any significant impact on the use of the park, or for traffic movement on the ring road.