Finally some good news
In a week of bad news, the Regional District of Central Kootenay finally got a little good news when it was learned the ceiling tile that fell into the pool at the Nelson and District Community Complex pool Monday has been tested and does not contain asbestos.
While further testing for hazardous materials is required in order to proceed with full demolition of the partially collapsed ceiling in the pool area, the RDCK can now proceed with plans to undertake renovations at the Aquatic Centre.
“This is positive news in a week that hasn’t been very positive for anyone at the NDCC,” said Joe Chirico, General Manager of Community Services.
“We still have a lot of work to do and we are keenly aware of the impact this closure is having on our staff, our clients and our community.”
Had the tiles contained asbestos it would have increased the cost and time it would take to remove the contaminated items.
The RDCK revealed the pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub at the NDCC will be closed for an extensive period of time after a portion of the ceiling fell into the pool area during an aqua fit class Monday.
The RDCK completed an initial assessment of the ceiling and has determined that the roof structure and the building itself are structurally sound.
The RDCK is now working on a plan to remove the problem ceiling.
In the meantime, the RDCK is cancelling all pool bookings until March 31.
All aquatic programs are cancelled for the remainder of the winter session or until March 31 — including spring break.
Depending upon the program, customers may receive a pro-rated or a full refund of registration fees.
The RDCK is also developing a plan to address current pass holders by February 7, and will incorporate the closure period into that plan.
The Nelson and District Aquatic Centre was built in 1975, mainly through fundraising and walk-a-thons from Balfour to Nelson by the community and for many years was the only indoor pool in the West Kootenay.
The facility was renovated in 1985 and expanded 1994 when the kids pool was built.
Chirico said the RDCK would continue to update the public during closure of the pool.
Anyone with questions about refunds can phone the NDCC Customer Service Desk beginning February 1 at 250-354-4386 or email NelsonRec@rdck.bc.ca