Nelson Pool to Close Mid-September

The Nelson and District Community Complex Aquatic Centre will close at end of day on September 19th and pool renovations will begin October 1st, the RDCK announced today.

“As of right now, our project team is completely focused on getting our staff ready for the aquatic centre closure and cooperating closely with our project management firm so we can begin the demolition stage of the project,” said Joe Chirico, General Manager of Community Services. “We’re at the 43-year mark in the life of a very well-used facility. Our construction managers at Unitech have now confirmed what our operations staff already knew: this pool is going to close itself unless we close and fix it now.”

In August, the project design team lead by Bruce Carscadden Architects, along with Unitech, RDCK/NDCC representatives and potential trade contractors held a value engineering/cost savings meeting to discuss further cost savings and efficiencies to the existing design.   

The RDCK Board has approved a $4.83 million budget for construction alone, with borrowing not to exceed $4.5 million for all renovations. The total project budget including all planning, design, construction management and renovations is $5.32 million.

Renovations to the aquatic centre will include new mechanical systems, electrical panels and equipment, a relocated lifeguard station, new sauna, pool decks, tiles and new water proofing membranes. Items currently on the project “wish list” that can be added back into the project at strategic points in the schedule if budget allows include renovations to the administration area and addition of a 2.4m platform for diving.

Unitech will hire contractors to begin removing previously identified hazardous materials in October and start mechanical demolition to prepare for the first stages of construction. Determining the condition of the facility below the level of the pool tiles will be the first important step and the construction schedule will be updated as soon as demolition is completed.

“Our collective focus from today forward is completing a successful project so we can reopen an excellent facility in just under a year’s time,” said Ramona Faust, chair of the Nelson and District Recreation Commission. “We know we are asking for considerable patience from all NDCC users and that many people in our community want to see our pool back open as soon as possible.”

“What we’ll have to show for our continued patience and a considered investment is a much-improved facility that we can all enjoy for years and years to come,” said Faust.

The RDCK will continue to provide regular project updates.


For more information:

Joe Chirico

General Manager of Community Services

Regional District of Central Kootenay



Stuart Horn

Chief Administrative Officer

Regional District of Central Kootenay










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