THE indoor pools at Orange Aquatic Centre will be closed on the weekend and Monday, with the toddlers’ pool expected to remain out of action for a further two weeks.
Orange City Council on Thursday released a statement explaining the toddlers’ pool, which had been empty for a month, would be repainted in the coming days.
Because of the “large amount of fumes associated with the work” the decision was made to close the indoor facilities to the public from 6pm on Friday, with the intention to reopen the 25-metre lap pool on Tuesday morning.
It’s expected the toddlers’ pool will be closed for a further two weeks while the new surface cures and the pool is re-filled.Orange City Council
The 50-metre outdoor pool will remain open during this period.
Council’s statement indicated there had been unexpected delays securing the services of painters to undertake the toddlers’ pool project since the discovery its paint was peeling.
“Successive efforts … to engage local painting contractors were not successful,” it read.
“It’s expected the toddlers’ pool will be closed for a further two weeks while the new surface cures and the pool is re-filled.”
Learn to Swim clients had been notified of the impending closures, with classes to go ahead in the outside pool, while parents or guardians with children in swim classes on Monday or Tuesday would be contacted by the centre when definite opening times are known.
The closures are the latest in a string to affect the aquatic centre patrons.
Two weeks ago staff and patrons were evacuated from the facility, which was consequently closed for two days, after the discovery of a leak from a chlorine tank.
That was followed by the closure of both the 25- and 50-metre pools to clean up two instances of vomit in the water.
In September the toddlers’ pool was closed for the better part of a month while its sand filters were replaced.
As part of the repainting of the toddlers’ pool, contractors will also coat the light-coloured gravel in the beach area, while the dark-coloured gravel leading into the pool will remain.
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