North­side Com­mu­nity Pool: It’s great to be back

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY JULIE COLLINS

“ 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.

Julie Collins - Cape Bre­ton Post

Lloyd Boutilier takes care of main­te­nance at the North­side Com­mu­nity Pool. Up­grades in­cluded a new heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion and ul­tra­vi­o­let wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion sys­tem.

Julie Collins - Cape Bre­ton Post

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.

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