Enderby outdoor pool upgrades certified

The green light has been given to a popular place for cooling off in Enderby.

The green light has been given to a popular place for cooling off in Enderby.

A statement of compliance has been received now that a number of potential risks have been addressed at the outdoor pool at Barnes Park.

“The work is done and the Interior Health Authority is happy,” said Tundra Baird, a director with the Enderby/Area F Joint Services Commission.

“We’re good to go and we’re looking forward to 2013.”

The total upgrades cost $33,244, with the Enderby Lions contributing $22,455.

Among the work done was installing two main drains to reduce the suction hazard, increasing the functionality of the gutter system to improve water circulation and removing the tot platforms to reduce the slipping hazard.

Some residents have questioned why the pool basin wasn’t drained at the end of the season and that was necessary so IHA could review chlorination upgrades.

“During this time, the pool was not heated,” said Tate Bengston, deputy chief administrator.

“The pool is currently partially filled as part of staff’s efforts to identify additional leaks.”

While most of the work at the pool is done, there is one high-profile exception.

The spray park was closed because of concerns children may slip and hurt themselves.

No decision on repairing the spray park or constructing a new facility has been made.

“We have to find the funding for it and try and leverage the funds,” said Baird.

“We also have to consult with residents to see what they want.”