Opening of Alder pool again delayed, September opening expected

April 6, 2023   ·   1 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

The anticipated completion date of the pool at the Alder Recreation Centre is being pushed back a few months.

While the most recent update provided from Town of Orangeville staff back in December 2022 indicated it would be ready this spring, the pool’s new completion date is expected for September.

A press release from the town on Wednesday (Apr. 5) said, “Unfortunately, throughout the project there have been numerous delays and challenges that have arisen. Despite these challenges, the town is now moving into the final stages of construction, and based on the current schedule, is providing an opening date in September 2023.”

“As with any project, you do your best to plan according to how you think it may go, but we’ve had to adjust the renovation timeline based on challenges and supply chain issues,” explained Heather Savage, who became Orangeville’s general manager of community services on Feb. 6. “Lots of materials are required to build one of Canada’s largest stainless-steel pool basins, and these are sourced from all over the world.”

The pool reconstruction at Alder will see a total redevelopment of the lap pool, which has been expanded to eight lanes and includes ramp access, as well as a new concept for the leisure pool, including wide gradual entry steps, a jet area, an indoor splash pad, and a water slide.

The pool’s new state-of-the-art filtration system will be 90-95 per cent more efficient than traditional filters. This means the town will only need to backwash once a month and never have to change filter media. 
The basin is also made from 100 per cent stainless steel.
A new chloramine exhaust system for the pool will be installed that pulls chloramines directly from the pool perimeter. This system means the smell of chlorine in the air will be greatly reduced.

As well, high-efficiency filtration means the pool will be a net zero product within a few years of operation and the initial installation will have over 90 per cent less of a carbon footprint than traditional pools

A new addition to the pool will include the opportunity to rent the pool area for birthday parties. It will also be the proud home to the Orangeville Otters Swim Club.

Readers Comments (1)

  1. Zita Harper says:

    I hope the changing rooms will be improved in terms of temperature. Previously they were extremely cold and draughty. Are you aware of this issue?


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