Significant mechanical and structural issues have forced the closure of the Kiwanis/YMCA/Keystone Pool for the entire summer.
In a news release issued Friday, the City of Brandon said issues with the outdoor pool at 13th Street and Southern Avenue were identified by staff following a harsh winter.
"While regretful, this decision has been made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the public’s safety and to allow the integrity of the overall facility to be further assessed," the news release stated.
"The pool and associated mechanical building are being evaluated, taking into account the age of the infrastructure, with a recommendation on the pool’s future to be considered by Brandon City Council in the fall."
As part of its Recreation and Community Facilities Master Plan, the city is looking ahead to building an enhanced outdoor aquatics complex that would replace the Kiwanis/YMCA/Keystone Pool and Kinsmen Pool, the Sun reported in April following an open house to share results of a public survey.
The facility could include waterslides, splash areas and lane swimming.
Perry Roque, the city’s director of community services, could not be reached over the weekend to comment further on the situation with Kiwanis/YMCA/Keystone Pool.
Meanwhile, the city announced it is extending evening hours at Kinsmen Pool in Rideau Park.
Starting earlier last week and running through to Monday, Aug. 5, the outdoor pool will stay open one hour later in the evenings, operating from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
Its hours will switch back to 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, effective Tuesday, Aug. 6.
The City of Brandon oversees a number of aquatics options, including the Kinsmen Pool (411 Park St.), the pool at Brandon's Community Sportsplex (30 Knowlton Dr.) and five spray parks located at recreation hubs across the community.
Hours of operation for Kinsmen Pool and the city’s spray parks can be found at Brandon.ca (bit.ly/2LOuO6t), or visit mycommunity.brandon.ca/ to find a full program schedule for the Sportsplex pool.
Other public aquatics options in the city include the YMCA of Brandon (231 Eighth St.) and the Brandon Bouncy Castles inflatable water park, located on the southern grounds of Brandon’s Keystone Centre.
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