We’re back in the Rec Centre and I am starting to understand the reasons for the cost you approved through referendum to join the swimming pool to the arenas and add other important features. We do have a lovely, serviceable, first-class facility but it didn’t come cheap. I’ll try to share with you some of the reasons.
Last week I left you puzzling over dry sprinklers. Oxymoronic, eh? Well, not exactly. You know that regular sprinklers in heated rooms (with water right there in the pipes) release their fire-dousing load when the room temperature exceeds the maximum allowable temperature. It’s the same with dry sprinklers except that the temperature level is conveyed to the control room where the valves are electronically activated thus keeping the pipes dry until the emergency occurs.
As for the wet sprinklers, they were also installed during the expansion because code requires sprinkling capability when a public building size reaches the threshold limit. And rules be rules: hence, the sprinkler over the swimming pool!
The new mechanical installations are mostly retrofits, much more difficult to put in place and much more expensive than installations in new construction. Just seeing the complexity of the apparatus, the size, and the quality opened my eyes to the extent a caring community will go to create and maintain a facility that adds so much to our quality of life. It’s a facility we are proud of and we show our pride by giving it the proper care and maintenance. It’s a facility with the capacity to attract other people to our community and keep them here, proud to live in a community that cares.
So far we’re focused on the out-of-sight stuff so I follow Randy past the restaurant, past the reception desk and the climbing wall, through the swimming pool (actually around it) and back into the room where the gentle giant is resting. Now I get a better look; the giant is actually a huge pump. I am just a little disappointed. But here we encounter one of the new air-handling units (the other being located behind a wall next to the water slide) that were installed this spring (remember the pool was shut down for a few weeks) at a cost exceeding $1.3 million. Once again, the reason for the huge cost was immediately obvious. Size, complexity, exact specifications, massive pipes and air-moving ducts all installed in an existing building. One can only admire the skill of the technicians who brought the components into the building and assembled them on-site to function as they were intended to function.
And now we come to the water purification systems, one for the pool and one for the hot tub. After all, it is a public facility and you might guess what some children do in a pool of water. It just makes sense, no? But you don’t want to swim in it.
Sorry, that’s for next time. I’ve used up my words.
Merlin Nichols, Mayor