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City prepares Ladner outdoor pool for unprecedented early opening

Updating includes new boilers that will maintain the water temperature at 83F as facility opens a couple of months ahead of usual schedule with Ladner Leisure Centre pool closing for six months
Work has been completed on the Ladner outdoor pool that will be welcoming swimmers and classes starting on Monday morning as the facility is opening early with the six-month closure of the indoor pool at the Ladner Leisure Centre. Mark Booth Photo

It’s not an early April Fool’s Day joke or an optical illusion: the Ladner outdoor pool is now ready for use and will be welcoming swimmers starting Monday morning.

The unprecedented early opening, which is about two months ahead of the usual schedule, coincides with the closure of the Ladner Leisure Centre (LLC) pool for the next six months (March 27-to-Oct. 1) for mandatory roof repairs.

According to Dan Cooper, Delta’s Deputy Director of Parks and Planning, extensive work has been done to prepare the pool for the cool overnight and early morning temperatures that will result in high demand of the water heating system.

“Recent work includes the replacement of the pool’s boilers, which should give us a more efficient and resilient heating system moving forward,” said Cooper. “Our typical indoor pool temperature is 82F, but we’re aiming to have the outdoor pool up to 83F due to the cooler outdoor air temperature this early in the spring.”

LLC regular length swimmers, Aquafitters, and water-walkers will be able to complete their circuits and classes at the outdoor pool.

Length swimmers and water-walkers are welcome for weekday morning (7 to 11 a.m.) and afternoon/evening sessions (3:30 to 7:30 p.m.). There are also weekend sessions from 8 a.m. to noon.

Aqua Fitness classes are also scheduled for Wednesdays at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.

For those not interested in dealing with the early spring weather, the city’s other indoor aquatic centres at Sungod Recreation Centre (North Delta) and Winskill Aquatic & Fitness Centre (Tsawwassen) are others options.

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