Memorial Complex pool now open

The wait is over for the pool inside the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

The upgraded facility re-opened last Saturday and beginning next week it’ll be open Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“After a long time being shut down, it is really nice having people in the building,” says Clayton Postings, director of recreation services for the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

Getting back in the water at the Cariboo Memorial Complex may not be as relieving to anybody as members of the Blue Fins Swim Club.

“The kids said the water felt good,” Blue Fins coach Marilyn Haines said following their first practice at home last Saturday. “It was good all around. It’s great to be back.”

The pool officially re-opened on Saturday. While the Blue Fins were the first group back in the water, taking a two-hour light practice session from 9-11 a.m., the pool opened for public swimming from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The hours were the same for the public the following day.

Postings says the feedback has been positive thus far.

“We’re getting daily comments from the public saying how impressed they are with the changes,” he says. “The facilities are much more upgraded.”

Haines says next week the Blue Fins will be holding practice sessions before and after school. For the novice and super novice children who couldn’t participate in dryland sessions because the drills weren’t age appropriate for them, getting back to a full practice schedule must be a relief.

The Blue Fins, who began the season practicing at the pool in Quesnel but spent December doing strictly dryland training, returned to the water on Saturday with light cardiovascular drills to get a feel for the water.

“They were happy to get in the hot tub once the practice was over,” Haines said.

The pool re-opened a few weeks prior to the Blue Fins home meet, scheduled for Jan. 19-21. Surinderpal Rathor, community service chair for the City of Williams Lake, appreciates the patience everybody showed and the hard work of the staff to ensure the upgrade would be complete.

“I want to thank the community for their patience,” he says. “It was long overdue.”

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