7 Month Shutdown Of Canada Games Aquatic Centre

A London aquatic centre is about to close its doors for a multi-million dollar overhaul.

As of April 7, the Canada Games Aquatic Centre on Wonderland Rd. will be shutdown for seven months for a $6.3-million transformation to make it more energy efficient.

Since being built in 1990, the CGAC has hosted more than an estimated 8.5-million people and undergone several routine maintenance and repairs. However, the city says the aging pool has reached the end of its anticipated lifespan and needs an upgrade.

That upgrade includes changes to the CGAC’s heating, cooling and dehumidification systems, replacement of pool filters, installation of long-life LED lighting, repairs to movable hydraulic floor and pool bulkheads, painting and a few other aesthetic improvements.

The CGAC’s last scheduled public swim before the shutdown will be held on Saturday, April 5. After that the centre’s normal swimming programs will be redistributed to the city’s other pools.

The CGAC is expected to re-open to the public in November.

Council approved the work and closure in June 2013 and money was earmarked for the project in the city’s capital budget.

The city plans to post regular updates and pictures of the work as it progresses on its website www.london.ca.