LETHBRIDGE – Demolition of Henderson Lake Outdoor Pool started in March of 2014 and construction crews have been hard at work ever since.
City of Lethbridge Project Coordinator Ashley Matthews said El Nino has been on their side with above average temperatures this winter, allowing work to be completed much earlier than expected.
“They are pouring the concrete columns for the two big water slides and they were actually scheduled for March,” Matthews said. “We’re well ahead of schedule and everything looks very positive.”
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Matthews estimates the project is nearly four weeks ahead of schedule, which is a good amount of buffer time to account for possible delays.
“You never know what kind of weather we’re going to get in April and May,” Matthews said. “Normally there’s a fair amount of rain and rain can really stop the whole project.”
“The more they can get done now the better as far as completion date.”
The previous facility was opened in 1965 and has been a staple in the community for decades. Matthews thanks the residents of Lethbridge for being so patient with the rebuild and said the new facility will be special to southern Alberta, and even Canada.
“The tank itself, and the design of the tank and the size of the tank is very unique,” Matthews said. “Now we’re going to have these two big water slides, we’re also going to have a spray pad which really is a wet playground.
“It is a great combination of amenities that are going to be fantastic for our community.”