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Fountain Park Pool to be closed again this summer: City

The City of St. Albert announced this afternoon that Fountain Park Pool will be closed for much of the summer to address “deficiencies” from the 2022-2023 pool rehabilitation and repairs.
Fountain Park Pool will be closed for most of the summer, the city says. KEVIN MA/St. Albert Gazette

The City of St. Albert announced this afternoon that Fountain Park Pool will be closed for much of the summer to address warranty deficiencies from the pool rehabilitation and repairs that were completed in 2022 and 2023.

According to the city's announcement, the pool will be closed from July 2 to late August.

“The City understands another closure is disheartening to facility users and appreciates their patience while this necessary work is completed,” the announcement reads. 

“There are absolutely no risks to the public as a result of the warranty work needing to take place. Users can safely use the facility from now until the planned closure.”

The issues in question, the city says, include tile defects that will require the pool to be completely drained, electrical adjustments, paint touch-ups, and "other deficiency items that may develop prior to the planned closure."

All of the deficiencies, according to the announcement, are covered under warranty from the $16.5 million the city spent on repairs when the pool was closed from May of 2022 to July of 2023.

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“Warranty work is standard in large-scale construction projects and protects the City’s investment in Fountain Park Recreation Centre for years to come,” the city's announcement reads.

“The repair work and adjustments cannot be completed during a regular non-operational period of the facility. The timing of this closure is planned strategically to reduce impacts on regularly scheduled programming.”

The announcement also explains that some summer swimming lessons and programs will be relocated to other city swimming facilities, such as the pool in Servus Place, however, the city will have more information regarding programming changes closer to spring.

Jack Farrell

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Jack Farrell joined the St. Albert Gazette in May, 2022.
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