Ponoka Aquaplex will be closed from Aug. 25 to Sept. 30.

Ponoka Aquaplex will be closed from Aug. 25 to Sept. 30.

Many improvements planned for Ponoka pool

It’s time for the Ponoka Aquaplex to shut down for its yearly maintenance.

The pool will close Aug. 25 for the start of the annual maintenance and facility improvement program and will reopen on Sept. 30.

The aquaplex’s main pool, deep tank, hot tub and wading pool will be drained, scrubbed, re-grouted as well as other upgrades and improvements.

New anti-entrapment systems for the main pool, deep tank and hot tub will also be installed. The system will automatically shut down circulation if somebody becomes entrapped in the drains.

There will also be new drain covers that will meet new Alberta Health compliance requirements which must be in place by November 2019.

The existing ladder into the pool will be replaced with a sturdier access stairs.

The popular climbing wall feature that was removed last year for repairs is being re-installed. Improvements to the interior panelling, benches and flooring in the sauna are planned as well.

A full list of improvements can be found at www.ponoka.ca.

“The scheduled maintenance and facility improvements are part of a pro-active maintenance program that will help to ensure the smooth operation of the facility throughout the year, as well as to provide increased safety, and a greatly enhanced user experience for our swimmers,” says Charlotte Williams, facility manager in a release.

The pool improvements are done at this time of year because it is the slow season and no swimming lessons are scheduled, says Williams.

The Aquaplex office will remain open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the maintenance to allow people to come in and register for fall programs.

Ponoka Aquaplex season passes will be honoured at the Manluk Centre in Westaskiwin, the Burman University pool in Lacombe during the shutdown. The Lacombe Kinsmen Aquatic Centre will also honour Ponoka pool passes from Aug. 25 to Sept. 2 before they shut down for their own maintenance.

Aquaplex users will need to present a letter to have their passes honoured. The letters can be obtained at the Aquaplex office.