You have less than three weeks to get your fill of the indoor pool at the Drumheller Aquaplex as much of the building will close for the installation of a gradual entry pool and other amenities.
"The project is scheduled to start on May 1 and it's a five month construction window," outlined Darryl Drohomerski, the town's Director of Infrastructure Services. "We're demolishing part of the concrete structure of the pool (and) a new liner system gets mounted to that."
As a result, the last day of operation for the indoor pool is April 30, with the grand reopening not expected until fall.
"September 29, so the last Friday in September," reported Drohomerski. "If it's finished earlier than that it's a bonus for all of us, but we were told quite a bit throughout the tendering process it was a five month project."
Andrea Leavitt is the Aquaplex manager and the one in charge of fitting everybody's schedule into the outdoor pool over the summer.
"We won't be able to offer as many lessons in the mornings as we usually do, but we're going to try and throw them into the afternoons instead," she related. "The biggest change that people will see will probably be in our evenings, where normally we would share the pool with our Aquafit program, whereas now we might have to have our Aquafit program scheduled separately."
The outdoor pool is currently scheduled to open for the summer on May 15, which means people will be without a pool for a couple of weeks. Women's change rooms will not be affected during the project, however the men's change room will be closed and trailer units will be brought in.
Leavitt said they'll keep people posted on the progress of the Aquaplex renovations through the Town of Drumheller website, www.dinosaurvalley.com.