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The pool closed on March 26, 2018 and is anticipated for reopen late summer 2019.
The Maple Ridge Leisure Centre will remain open and customers can access the fitness centre, multi-purpose rooms, gymnasium and programming throughout the pool closure.
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In 2013, staff retained the services of an architectural company with experience in pool construction and design. The architectural review resulted in the following recommended upgrades which still remain a priority:
Replacement of Aging Equipment – Relocation of the electrical room/panels and creating environmental separation will be necessary during the renovations to prevent future moister damaged to the cabinets and panels.
Chlorination – Chlorine gas is used to maintain the cleanliness of the pool in conjunction with the filtration systems which are outdated and much less inefficient than other filters that are now available for aquatic complexes. This will be addressed by building an expanded mechanical room, replacing the outdated water filtration system and converting to a combined liquid chlorine (which is much safer to handle) and a U.V. system, to ensure the highest water quality possible.
Pool Tank Accessibility – Currently, the toddler pool, leisure pool, swirl pool and lap pools do not have wheel chair access and limit accessibility for some of our customers. The renovation will improve accessibility allowing opportunities for all leisure centre users to swim and recreate.
Lobby and Change Room Upgrades – Priority upgrades to the lobby and change room will create a more inviting and welcoming environment for Leisure Centre customers and will provide an expanded change room area for families as well as improving accessibility in a gender neutral environment.
The Maple Ridge Leisure Center (MRLC) opened in 1980 and has served us well for almost 40 years. However, to continue serving our citizens well into the future, upgrades are needed. The project is driven by the need to update the mechanical and filtration systems. Filtration and pump systems date back to the original construction of the facility and are now obsolete, expensive to maintain and have presented reliability concerns. These upgrades will not only improve the mechanical systems, but increase overall accessibility and customer enjoyment.
The Hammond Outdoor Pool opens for the season on April 28, 2019 and will offer swim lessons, lane swimming, leisure swimming and water fitness classes. Admission is again FREE this year. For Indoor swimming, numerous aquatics facilities are located within a 30 minute drive from Maple Ridge including Walnut Grove Community Centre, Mission Leisure Centre, Hyde Creek (Port Coquitlam) and Guilford Recreation Centre , Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex or Grandview Heights Recreation Centre in Surrey.
The new changing space will have additional change rooms, increased accessibility and a modernized space that will improve flow and changing experiences.
The new change space will have:
Modernizing the space was another important factor in this renovation. There will be a new “grooming station” with mirrors and counter space that will accommodate multiple users.
There will also be new lockers introduced that are made of a rust-resistant plastic that is highly break-resistant—their new location in the centre of an open space will increase visibility and increase safety and sight lines.
There will be no “nude zones” in the new change rooms—the old men’s and women’s change rooms previously had open areas which allowed for individuals to change in the open, but this will no longer be the case. In other words, clothing will be required in all open areas.
With the increased number of stalls and increased amenities within the stalls, pool users will be able to access their own, private space to change.
Council originally explored the option of building a new wellness centre (including a new aquatic facility) prior to moving forward with the upgrades at the MRLC. However, the condition of the MRLC requires that upgrades to the current aquatic facility be a priority.
Customers with memberships will be able to place their passes on hold during the pool closure, or can withdraw their membership and receive a refund. Current memberships are reduced by 10% due to the construction inconvenience.
The fitness centre is scheduled to remain open throughout the pool closure. Any known closures, for non-aquatic maintenance projects, will be announced with as much notice as possible.
The gymnasium is scheduled to remain open throughout the pool closure. Any known closures will be announced with as much notice as possible.
The childminding centre is scheduled to remain open throughout the pool closure. Any known closures will be announced with as much notice as possible.
There will be some minor sidewalk renovations on the South side of the park, however they are unlikely to have any significant impact on the use of the park, or for traffic movement on the ring road.