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PRRA: User groups back in pool come early 2018

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Although currently filled with scaffolding, Portage la Prairie's Shindleman Aquatic Centre is expected to be back up and running by the year's end. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

Although currently filled with scaffolding, Portage la Prairie's Shindleman Aquatic Centre is expected to be back up and running by the year's end. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

A Christmas swim looks like it could be in the works for people in Portage la Prairie.

The year-long construction to repair structural issues with the roof at the Shindleman Aquatic Centre is almost complete and the Portage Regional Recreation Authority (PRRA) is already getting set with their plans to reopen for Christmas break.

“The project has been moving ahead quite well,” says PRRA general manager, David Sattler. “We are currently on target to the meet the completion date of December 8. We do have some items that will need to be taken care of before we can fill and open the pool. These include some mechanical issues, the sprinkler heads, and a paint touch-up throughout.”

Right now, the pool is a scaffolding-filled mess but Sattler says removal is scheduled to start around mid-November with hopes Canotech will assist on some of the cleaning roles to help expedite the finishing process. He adds one of the reasons they were able to get things done was the cooperation from mother nature during the installation of the new roof. 

“The only thing that’s left that we really want to accomplish is getting the pool updated to LED lighting,” adds Sattler. “People could really see the difference in the rink when we changed the lighting and we want it to be just as sharp in the pool.”

As for the pool's user groups, Sattler hopes that activities will be up and running by the second or third week of January. Check the PRRA’s website for more information when it becomes available.



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