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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Annual routine maintenance, as well as some not-so-routine maintenance has closed the North Peace Leisure Pool for the next several weeks.

The city’s Facilities Manager Robin Langio says that the pool was closed as of Labour Day weekend in order to do some needed work on the facility. Langio says that every year, the city closes the pool in order to conduct the repairs that are not possible when the pool is operational. After draining the pool, crews will be repainting the lap and swirl pools, as well as reconditioning all the pool filters, reconditioning and recoating the water slides, and replacing the existing sand-based grout in the family change room with an epoxy-based grout which is more durable.

Langio says that workers will also be making some fixes that aren’t so routine. He says that there are several panels and benches in the dry sauna that are being replaced. Crews are also fixing that water mixing valves in the showers that have been on the fritz lately. Another project being done is the replacement of drain gaskets in the pool’s roof. Langio added that that work, while taking place for the first time in 20 years, is separate from the replacement work of the pool’s cladding.

According to Langio, the pool cladding replacement project is a separate capital project that will be continuing after the pool reopens. Crews have been removing the tin and gypsum sheeting that covers the pool exterior, and will be putting in more insulation or vapour barriers as needed, as well as repairing the sheetrock, and replacing the cladding. Langio added that with the exception of adding insulation and replacing components, the overall colour and style of the building’s exterior will remain largely unchanged.

The pool is scheduled to reopen on September 26th, while the exterior work is said by the contractor to be complete no later than November 30th.

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