Northside Community Pool: It’s great to be back
“ We are the Northside Community Pool and for us that says it all,” said society chairman Charlie MacLean. “It has been a long wait, but from the buzz around the pool for our grand reopening on Friday, the staff is pumped and the patrons are back, so it’s full steam ahead.”
The pool had been closed since Aug. 5, 2005, when Labour Department inspectors deemed the building unsafe, mainly due to weakened support beams.
“Essentially, with the major renovations and upgrades, we have a new building. We’ve been open for just over two months and during that time our aqua fitness program has really taken off,” MacLean said. “In fact, judging from the response we are looking at starting a second, more strenuous level of aqua fitness.”
The early morning lane swim and water walkers program are also sporting good numbers, averaging about 10 a day.
“ We are open to any and all suggestions from the people on what they would like to see at the pool; it’s whatever the public wants.”
Besides the structural work to the beams, over the past four years repairs to the building included rebuilding the roof, upgrades to the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and electrical systems and replacement of the existing sand filters.
The building is owned by the regional municipality and operated by the Northside Community Pool Society.
“ We are looking forward to working with the Northside Community Pool both with recreation and lifesaving skills,” said Gordon Richardson of the Lifesaving Society based in Halifax.
Lloyd Boutilier takes care of maintenance at the Northside Community Pool. Upgrades included a new heating, ventilation and ultraviolet water purification system.
Facilities manager and aquatic director Lisa Matthews and Northside Community Pool Society chairman Charlie MacLean accept a banner from Gordon Richardson, executive director of the Lifesaving Society, Nova Scotia Branch.