Calgary’s problem pool won’t be welcoming young waders when city-owner water parks open for the season over the Father’s Day weekend.

The wading pool at Prairie Winds Park, which last summer was shuttered for a month after kids began suffering burns and abrasions on their feet on the attraction’s lazy river feature, appears to have sprung a leak, according to city officials.

And they’re still not quite sure where it is.

“Unfortunately, as we were preparing the pool for the upcoming season, we did encounter a leak that appeared over the winter,” said Michelle Wong, Calgary Parks’ capital lead and the project manager for Prairie Winds’ recent $12 million makeover.

“We discovered water leaving the pool when it shouldn’t be leaving the pool.”

The Prairie Winds Park wading pool was empty on Monday July 31, 2017. The park was closed after some visitors had cut their feet in the area.
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On Saturday, the city is scheduled to open its inventory of four wading pools and six spray parks for the summer season, providing free oases to beat the heat across the city.

But while the spray park at Prairie Winds Park, in the northeast community of Castleridge, will open its doors on time, its associated wading pool will remain closed indefinitely.

After undergoing a two-year renovation, the refurbished pool was open for just one week before being shuttered by Alberta Health Services last August, after an inspection found the pool lacked a functioning automatic chlorine controller along with jagged concrete that resulted in minor injuries to waders.

It reopened a month later after health inspectors determined all the concerns had been addressed.

Wong said the city is now working to find the origin of the leak, sending cameras down pipes in an effort to find the culprit.

She noted operating outdoor pools can be a tricky endeavor in Calgary, given its often wildly varying temperatures.

“Pools are a tricky thing, especially in Calgary where we have so much freeze and thaw,” Wong said, adding officials haven’t found any additional water damage as a result of the leak.

“Until we know more as to the cause and the extent and location, we can’t say when it will open.”

Wong added none of the various repairs following the facility’s refurbishment will be borne by the city, with warranties and insurance picking up the tab.

The city operates three other wading pools at Riley Park, Bowness Park and Eau Claire Plaza, as well as …read more

Source:: Calgaryherald.com

      

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