Rotary Recreation Park wading pool closing

The Rotary Recreation Park wading pool is closed for good.

The Rotary Recreation Park wading pool is closed for good.

Barb McKee, the city’s recreation superintendent, said it is an old structure that was not repaired or touched up during the Recreation Centre renovations and neither was the outdoor pool.

McKee said there are maintenance issues such as a leak and water supply to the wading pool.

“It is risky for us to actually go in and try to investigate because we could compromise the function of the outdoor pool,” said McKee.

She said there was a concern that they may have to repair the outdoor pool if it were damaged while fixing the wading pool.

The Rotary Recreation Park is the location for the proposed multi-use aquatic centre and the planning is expected to get underway in 2019/2020.

McKee said the wading pool is not used as much as it used to be since the Blue Grass Sod Farm Central Spray and Play opened.

The shaded picnic area is a popular spot for young families. More picnic tables and garbage cans will be installed at the site so it can be enjoyed in a different way, said McKee.

“It is one of the reasons we extended the operation for Blue Grass Sod Farm Spray and Play,” said McKee. “We realize there are some people who preferred that. It’s quiet. It’s very secluded.”

She said they want direct people to other water features such as Blue Grass Sod Farm Spray and Play and the boat launch at River Bend or Bower Ponds.

There are two other closures this year.

Discovery Canyon will be closed the entire 2016 season for major enhancement work on the beach, stream bed, picnic area, playground, parking lot and entrance road.

The Centennial Plaza Park fountain is also closed while the work is underway to redesign and redevelopment the site next year.

The Kin Kanyon spray fountain and the Recreation Centre outdoor pool are scheduled to open June 1, weather permitting.

The Blue Grass Sod Farm Central Spray and Play has already opened and is operating extended hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. when the temperatures are 18 degrees Celsius or higher.

Indoor water facilities are always available and include the Recreation Centre, G.H. Dawe Community Centre, Collicutt Centre, and Michener Aquatic Centre.

For more information, visit reddeer.ca/recreation-and-culture/or outdoor water features may be found at reddeer.ca/waterfeatures.

crhyno@www.reddeeradvocate.com