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Port Hardy’s indoor swimming pool reopening delayed again

Once the dehumidification system is installed and functioning, water can be added to the pool
After a closure that has lasted more than two years, Port Hardy’s indoor swimming pool is now on track for its grand reopening in January. (Photo by District of Port Hardy)

The reopening of Port Hardy’s indoor swimming pool has been delayed again, this time until January.

“We’ve unfortunately encountered a new development regarding the dehumidification system, which, as previously mentioned, was the leading cause of our initial delay,” stated the district via news release. “The good news is that the dehumidification unit is scheduled to be shipped; the bad news it that it is being shipped later than we anticipated. We now expect its delivery in the second week of December.”

The district noted that considering the holiday season and the need for careful coordination, “our dedicated contractors will be on-site to ensure a swift and efficient installation. This work will involve all contractors, with the pool membrane installed alongside the dehumidifier.”

According to the district, once the dehumidification system is installed and functioning, water can be added to the pool, and all the calibration occurs.

“Testing, training, permitting, and final inspection are anticipated to be completed within the first few weeks of January. Please rest assured that we are committted to delivering on this much-needed project, and we will keep everyone updated as we progress. Your patience and unwavering support are the buoyancy that keeps us afloat, and together, we’ll soon be diving into the splendours of our new aquatic wonderland.”

When asked to comment, Port Hardy Mayor Pat Corbett-Labatt said the district is hopeful that it will be done before the end of January, “but we’re not able to give a specific date right now.”

On a personal level, Corbett-Labatt said she’s always been a big advocate for the swimming pool.

“It’s important that all the children and adults living here know how to swim, especially because we’re so close to salt water and fresh water … [the pool] is an amazing service for our community.”

Tyson Whitney

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