By: Chuck Jensen, director of community services
The Tumbler Ridge Aquatic Centre will be closed for much of April. Staff will be doing everything possible to re-open as soon as possible. It is important though to close to completely clean the insides of the main pool, leisure pool, and hot tub.
The drains get cleaned as do the lines and sand filters. All of this is important for human health. On top of the cleaning, the inside of the pool will have the old grouting removed and replaced with new. Maintenance staff tell me this is the first time we are having professional re-grouting in twenty years.
We are also having a heat exchanger in the Aquatic Center replaced. The heat exchanger was leaking dramatically and costing the facility a great deal of money in lost glycol. I recognize it would be nice if we did not have to close the facility, but cleaning and fixing can only take place with the facility closed.
Timing is always an issue. The general feeling though is we should be open during the coldest winter months and the four tourist months of June through September.
All Aquatic facilities close at some point during the year for two to four weeks generally. This year Chetwynd is closing for three months. The facility in Hope I previously worked at is closing six weeks, Port Alberni, another facility I worked at is closing four weeks. (Editor’s note: the pool in Taylor will not be opening at all this year.) So, I thank everyone for their understanding and promise we will be up and running as soon as possible.
On another note, the end of March also brought an end to another ice season in the ice rink and curling rink. Thank you to all the figure skaters, hockey players, public skaters, and curlers for another great season. Plus a big thanks to the secondary school hockey academy and their teacher coaches for a successful first year. The ice will be back in September.
Once again, I must give a big thanks to Donna Mandeville, the Seniors Corner coordinator for all the work she has done on behalf of the seniors in this community. She has headed south and will be missed. What some people may not know is that Donna has also been a volunteer for the youth centre including as president of the society.
We have a great many volunteers in Tumbler Ridge that deserve so much credit for the work they do. Donna is certainly one of those individuals. It was nice to see her get a gift of a painting, done by Darcy Jackson, from the council at the last council meeting on April 2. Best wishes to Donna and her family!
The Tumbler Ridge golf course is pleased to announce that we have hired Burke Lauder as the returning golf pro for 2012. Burke and all of us are looking forward to a new golf season. Burke comes here from Dawson Creek, but besides his work here in 2011, he has most recently worked as a golf pro and pro-shop manager at the Lakepoint Golf and Country Club in Charlie Lake. Burke is again looking forward to working with golfers of all ages here in Tumbler Ridge, but especially wants to continue to work with the juniors. He noted that it is great to see the beginners grow and improve. One of the top goals of the golf course this year is to see the junior program grow, and I think Burke is the right person to help make that happen.
As Burke pointed out to me, score does not matter for people, it’s a sport you can enjoy no matter your ability level. He is looking forward to meeting some of his friends from last year, and all the people of Tumbler Ridge. Burke, the course staff and I, encourage everyone to come on down and visit Burke at the golf course, and encourage people to consider lessons with him. The Tumbler Ridge Golf and Country Club is a great nine hole course so come and enjoy it.
I should note that this is a year of anniversaries here in Tumbler Ridge. It is 11 years of Grizfest, 31 years for Tumbler Ridge, and 26 years for the golf course.
For more information on the 27-year-old community centre facility or its programs, or the Tumbler Ridge Golf Course, drop in to the community centre or golf course to talk to one of the staff, or give our staff a call at 250-242-4246.
Remember, as the TRAIL brochure states Tumbler Ridge is a great place to get in shape or stay in shape through all seasons!