Nelson, BC
Nelson Aquatic Centre Opened October 20

The highly anticipated opening of the Nelson and District Community Complex (NDCC) Aquatic Centre was at 6:30 am on October 20, with a grand opening celebration on Sunday, Oct 23, the RDCK announced.

“We are thrilled to welcome the public back to their facility,” said Valerie Warmington, chair of the Nelson and District Recreation Commission. “We are grateful to the public and user groups for their understanding and patience during the service interruptions and are confident that everyone will enjoy the changes to this community centre.”

The pool was completed last week with final tile being laid and the installation of the sauna wood walls and the 3-metre diving platform. The entire space was also cleaned in preparation for the public.

Renovations to the facility were initiated in April 2015 and included:

“Our pool is the first renovation project of its kind in British Columbia to incorporate tri-chloramine exhaust into the design,” said Joe Chirico, the RDCK’s general manager of community services. “This feature will improve air quality for our patrons.”
The $5.9 million project was helped by a $4.597 million federal Gas Tax Fund grant which enabled the RDCK not to borrow funds for the renovations.

“We expect that these upgrades will allow us to operate this important community facility for another 40 years,” said Marty Benson, recreation manager at the NDCC.


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