Newly Repaired Outdoor Pool Opens

July 5, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 5, 2011

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For more information, call 604-467-7337

Wendy McCormick, Director of Recreation

wmccormick@mapleridge.ca

www.pittmeadows.bc.ca

Newly Repaired Harris Road Outdoor Pool Officially Opens for the Season

Pitt Meadows, BC - The hot weather is officially here and outdoor swimming lessons at the newly repaired Harris Road Pool begin this week. On July 1st, the City of Pitt Meadows and Parks & Leisure Services kicked off summer with an official opening of the newly repaired pool and with the recently completed repairs, Pitt Meadows residents can look forward to many more summers of swimming at the Harris Road Outdoor Pool.

- The hot weather is officially here and outdoor swimming lessons at the newly repaired Harris Road Pool begin this week. On July 1st, the City of Pitt Meadows and Parks & Leisure Services kicked off summer with an official opening of the newly repaired pool and with the recently completed repairs, Pitt Meadows residents can look forward to many more summers of swimming at the Harris Road Outdoor Pool.

"We're thrilled that the pool was repaired and that it will continue to be a great place for families to swim and play," said Mayor Don MacLean. "It's a great facility for the whole community, and there are a lot of memories here."

The pool, which has been a fixture in the community and a place where many of the community's children attended their summer swimming lessons for the past 66 years, had been leaking water, and maintaining an appropriate water temperature had become a challenge. Last year, staff began investigating the approximately 25,000 litres of water leaking from the pool each day and were able to implement repairs to conserve water.

Repairs took place over the winter and were completed as of April of this year. The pool decks were excavated, the water pipes replaced and the concrete blocks and pool tank were sealed. The repairs, which were completed within the budget set by Council, will reduce maintenance costs for the future and allow the pool to be used for many years to come.

Harris Road Pool is open throughout the summer, Monday to Sunday 12:30pm to 4:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:00pm (including statutory holidays). Swimming lessons began July 4 and continue until the end of August. Limited spaces are still available and can be booked by registering online at www.recreg4u.ca or calling 604-465-2470.

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