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Cornwallis Park’s leaking Fundy Y swimming pool may require extensive repairs, says county

Cornwallis Park’s Fundy Y swimming pool may require extensive repairs and remains closed. Staff is working on the problem of water leakage and may have to cut into the pool concrete.
Cornwallis Park’s Fundy Y swimming pool may require extensive repairs and remains closed. Staff is working on the problem of water leakage and may have to cut into the pool concrete. - Lawrence Powell

CORNWALLIS PARK, N.S. - Due to water leakage the Fundy YMCA pool may require extensive repairs.

The pool, located at the Basinview Centre in Cornwallis Park, and an integral component of the Fundy Y, has been out of service for two months as staff from the Municipality of the County Annapolis investigate the source of recent water retention problems, the county said in a media release.

The facility is a vital lifestyle and wellness resource for the entire community with targeted programs developed for all ages, including seniors, the Nov. 10 release said.

The swimming facility has been experiencing chronic leakage issues since mid-summer and in spite of a number of efforts to determine the cause; including a series of detailed incremental drainage measurements to seek leaks followed by drain system repairs and pressure testing, no effective cause or solution has been identified.

“Our first approach has been to troubleshoot and stop any minor systemic leak. However, it appears we may have to cut into the concrete structure,” said Stephen McInnis, the municipality’s director of municipal operations. “We will be finalizing the troubleshooting and pressure testing process in the next several days.”

Municipality officials are in contact with contractors in Halifax with expertise in structural problems to conduct more intensive testing to determine the remedial requirements and establish a plan to implement them.

“If a leak is not identified and stopped we will be cutting into the concrete to replace the required drainage components,” McInnis said. “This concrete work is more significant and will require a longer repair time.”

The Fundy Y operates the facility on behalf of the municipality and looks at that relationship as a positive and collective community team partnership.

The swimming pool, which opened in 2006, is a cornerstone component of the Fundy Y, but its operational mandate is wide and involves an extensive range of additional programs directed towards community lifestyle and wellness enhancement, the county said.

“The Fundy Y is a special place for our community to connect, build relationships, and lead a healthy, active lifestyle,” said Yvonne Smith, CEO, YMCA of South West Nova Scotia. “And those are community objectives we have always fully and mutually supported in an active and unique collaboration with the Municipality of Annapolis.”

Acknowledging that the pool remediation remained a top priority for the facility, Smith added that staff was also looking at a variety of additional new land-based programs to supplement its existing offerings.

“Our complete focus at the moment is on provision of innovative ways to continue to meet our community service goals,” she said.

Warden Timothy Habinski said that the municipality is very aware of the community economic and health benefits impacted by an extended closure of the pool facility. The municipality is committed to finding an effective and long term solution.

“We know what this facility means to our community and we are determined to find the problem and fix it,” Habinski said.

Municipal and Fundy Y staff will continue to update the facility members and the community on its findings and progress on a regular basis.

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