Three-year-old Quinn Robertson and two-year-old Elli Yorke-Hardy brace themselves as Charity Caldwell pulls them through a shower of water at the aquatic centre Tuesday at the Vernon Recreation Complex.

Three-year-old Quinn Robertson and two-year-old Elli Yorke-Hardy brace themselves as Charity Caldwell pulls them through a shower of water at the aquatic centre Tuesday at the Vernon Recreation Complex.

Recreation centre is open for business

The Vernon Recreation Complex is serving the community.

The Vernon Recreation Complex is serving the community.

Programs continue while the Regional District of North Okanagan decides whether to proceed with $2 million in repairs or considers whether it is more cost efficient to replace the facility.

“We are certainly open for business,” said Doug Ross, recreation services manager.

RDNO staff recently told the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee that the facility requires some major repairs.

The primary issue is the the dehumidification system was undersized when the pool was constructed in 1993. The unit was shut off in about 1998 because of expensive repairs needed to keep it running.

“This has resulted in damage to the structure of the swimming pool walls and roof system,” states a staff report.

The other issue is the original heating lines were not installed correctly when the complex was built in 1965.

“This has resulted in the heating lines rotting  out and needing to be replaced,” states the staff report.

The information has created concern among some users of the recreation complex.

“People are asking us if the building is open and if the building is safe to swim in,” said Ross.

“It is absolutely safe.”

While there are challenges with humidity and the walls and roof, there is no mold in the structure.

“There are no air quality issues,” said Ross.

Staff is currently working on more detailed information and the options of repairs or replacement will be discussed by GVAC members in January.