Due to challenges in the final stage of construction, the reopening of Henderson Pool is anticipated for mid-July, approximately two weeks later than originally expected.
The specialized liner in the new zero-depth entry pool requires welding at the seams, a process that is extremely moisture sensitive and has taken longer than anticipated because of rain showers. In addition, work on the liner has had to be suspended at times because high temperatures have made it unsafe for workers to be in the pool basin. Crews are now working 12-hour shifts, seven days a week to get Henderson Pool open as soon as possible.
"We know everyone is excited to enjoy this amazing new pool," says Ashley Matthews, Project Coordinator. "We are committed to having a safe facility for our community to enjoy this summer. To do this, we need to carefully complete the construction and installation of equipment, run and test the pool systems and train staff. Once we know all of those pieces are working properly, we will set a firm opening date. At this time we estimate a mid-July opening."
Following the completion of construction, important testing will be required on electrical systems, pumps and filtration systems. To ensure the pool is safe for swimmers, these systems are required to run over a number of days and meet Alberta Health Services standards.
"We are extremely grateful for everyone's patience and I assure you we are working hard to complete this work safely and quickly so all of Lethbridge can have a summer full of outdoor water fun," says Matthews.
The new and improved Henderson Pool features waterslides, climbing wall, drop slide, one-metre diving board and a spray park and improves accessibility by offering a zero-depth entry pool as well as accessible change rooms.
Once operational, the facility will be open to the public seven days a week from noon – 8 p.m. Fees to the new water park will be consistent with fees at all other City owned pools.
Ashley Matthews, Project Coordinator