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The pool closed on March 26, 2018.
There were two major delays that extended the renovation timeline.
The first was due to a number of discoveries made during the demolition phase of the project in November 2018: 1) Added demolition was required for the creation of the new leisure pool tank walls; 2) significant cracks were discovered on the waterfall structure, which required specialty structural engineers to review and provide repair instructions; 3) multiple unknown conditions and unanticipated underground concrete in the old Change Area resulted in an intensive structural and mechanical review; and 4) unknown buried concrete and utility lines were discovered during excavation, blocking the construction of the new hot tub.
The second delay was identified in June of 2019 when rust was discovered within a structural support column located in the original part of the facility that was constructed 40 years ago.
Upon discovery of the structural issue, the construction contractor notified City staff and an independent structural engineering company was brought in to examine all similar support columns. After conducting a detailed assessment, the engineering firm recommended replacing all, or part of, 11 support columns in the facility. City staff moved immediately to undertake the column repairs and replacement.
The budget, including contingency, for this project was set at $12 million. At this time, the project costs remain within the approved budget.
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 are now complete:
Pool Tank Accessibility: The leisure pool and hot tub have accessible, zero-depth entries (beach access). Both the leisure pool and hot tub have also increased in size. The pool deck has been retiled with smaller, slip-resistant tiles that will increase traction while walking on the deck. The pool deck is now all one level (no stairs).Lobby and Change Area Upgrades:Increased accessibility through widened hallways and move-able furniture. The space is more welcoming, complete with public art, a brand-new customer service station and social gathering areas. The new change space has 25 change stalls, increased accessibility and a modernized space that improves customer flow and changing experience.
Replacement of Aging Pool Systems (filtration, chlorination, electrical & mechanical):Upgrades include an expanded mechanical room and replacement of outdated water filtration system. The new filtration system, which will ensure the highest water quality possible, is combined liquid chlorine and Ultraviolet (UV).
The Maple Ridge Leisure Center (MRLC) opened in 1981 and has served us well for almost 40 years. However, to continue serving our citizens well into the future, upgrades were needed. The project was driven by the need to update the mechanical and filtration systems. The old filtration and pump systems dated back to the original construction of the facility and were obsolete, expensive to maintain and presented reliability concerns.
One of the main focuses for the MRLC renovation has been to increase accessibility. We now have:
This new design will also increase safety, security and privacy for all users while changing. There will be no “nude zones” in the new change rooms—the old men’s and women’s change areas previously had open areas which allowed for individuals to fully undress in the open area, but this will no longer be the case as the change area is now a gender-neutral environment. In other words, clothing below the waist will be required in all open areas. There will still be gender-designated areas available on both the first floor and the second floor of the facility.
New lockers made of rust-resistant plastic that are highly break-resistant have also been installed; their new location in the centre of an open space increases visibility, safety and sightlines to the pool deck. There is a new “grooming station” outfitted with mirrors and counter space.The new changing area has an increased number of change rooms, increased accessibility and a modernized space that improves flow and changing experiences. The new change area has:
“Gender-designated washrooms and change rooms lack privacy and accessibility for many users, including those who have personal health requirements or mobility challenges, those who are transgender or transitioning, and those who may require assistance from someone of a different gender—including children and the elderly.” (Designing for Inclusivity: Strategies for Universal Washrooms and Change Rooms in Community and Recreation Facilities, HCMA Architecture + Design).
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 required that upgrades to the current aquatic facility be a priority.
We now have an expanded mechanical room and have replaced the outdated water filtration system with a combined liquid chlorine and a U.V. system to ensure the highest water quality possible. It is anticipated that chlorine amounts for disinfection will also be reduced.
Unfortunately, the diving board in the competition pool has reached its end of life; the competition pool and teach pool are not included in the scope of this renovation and the Leisure Pool does not have the required depth to install a new diving board. We are looking into some exciting features to replace the old board and are certainly looking forward to discussing options during community consultation.