It’s official: the new outdoor pool at Nelson Park will open this summer

News 100 yellowBy Staff

May 2, 2017



The new outdoor pool currently under construction at Nelson Park will open this summer.
Work to replace Nelson pool began in fall 2016 after the city found that the steel bottom of the pool had rotted away.

The new pool at Nelson Park is 50-metres long with eight lanes. It will include a beach-entry leisure pool and a new splash pad located beside the pool.

Nelson pool rendering

Artists rendering of the Nelson pool now under construction. Scheduled to open this summer.

Construction of this new pool is being done by Schilthuis Construction – the people who were hired to build The Pier and had to walk away from the job when they found the design was such that they believed The Pier could not be constructed from the plans the contractor was give,

There were also issues with the specifications for the steel that was used. The problems with the steel came to light when a crane on the site toppled over. An inspection of the badly bent steel revealed that it did not meet the specifications.

Nelson pool - concrete pour

Concrete pour at the splash pad part of the new Nelson pool

That’s when everyone involved in the project sued everyone else. In the long run it all got worked out and after a settlement worked out by a Judge who did not want this matter going to trial. Then everyone claimed they had won.

Schilthuis was not to blame for that mess – but his reputation took a serious hit and he had to struggle for some time to get his business back to where it should have been.

Henry Schilthuis will give the city great value for the money they are going to spend.

An opening date for the new outdoor pool will be announced later this spring.

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