Update on Pool Construction
Construction of Pilings Underway
Work began today to drill and install the pilings into the ground that will support the foundation of the new indoor aquatic facility. A total of 45 pilings will be constructed, amounting to 220 cubic metres of concrete and 9 tonnes of steel. This portion of construction is expected to take a full week at minimum.
Demolition of Pool On Schedule
Deconstruction of the existing pool site is proceeding on schedule. Crews have successfully removed all asbestos and can now begin this week (August 17) to break up the cement in the pool basin and excavate the site. This demolition work is likely to take up to two weeks.
The Fill the Pool Campaign has also begun for those interested in making a financial contribution toward the aquatic centre. There are a number of ways individuals and organizations can help fund this project. The new aquatic centre will feature a Donor Wall to celebrate and recognize donations of various amounts. All charitable donations over $100 will receive recognition on this wall. Naming rights and sponsorship opportunities also exist for the building itself as well as the pool components. To learn more, visit kindersley.ca/pool.
The Big Dippers Pool Fundraising Committee has already hosted a number of successful fundraisers including the Zest of the West and Princess Balls. So far, more than $100,000 has been raised. Watch for news of future events and activities that you can support or consider becoming a member of the committee. Learn more at www.bigdippers.ca.
Construction of New Indoor Aquatic Centre Now Underway
Officials gathered at the site of Kindersley’s new indoor aquatic centre this morning to celebrate the ceremonial turning of sod that signals the start of construction.
The 21,000 ft2 facility will boast a Junior Olympics-size 6-lane pool, a 2500 ft2 leisure pool, hot tub, 150 ft waterslide, rock climbing wall, party rooms, and outdoor patio, among other features. Construction is scheduled to be complete for the pool to be operational by October 2018.
The aquatic centre will be constructed on the site of the previous swimming pool, which was closed in June 2014 due to structural issues. Portions of the building will be repurposed within the design of the new indoor aquatic centre.
Members of Council were joined by representatives of the design-builders, Pro-Bilt Structures and Western Recreation, members of the Big Dippers Pool Fundraising Committee, Town staff, and other spectators from the community to celebrate the sod-turning.
“We have all been waiting eagerly for this day to come and I’m pleased to see the work beginning for Kindersley’s new indoor pool,” said Mayor Rod Perkins. “This is a community project in every way, and I encourage everyone to work together in making it a success. The coming months will focus on sponsorship and fundraising while construction is underway.”
Approximately $1.1 million is already dedicated in Town reserves for the project. An additional $100,000 to date has been generated through the fundraising efforts of the Big Dippers. Total cost of the indoor aquatic centre is $6.6 million. Information about sponsorship opportunities will be announced shortly.
Date Updated: October 2, 2017 - 11:36 AM