Herb Nakada (centre) works out in the gym at the Cariboo Memorial Complex which has been moved to the lobby in front of the Sam Ketcham Memorial Pool for the duration of the pool upgrades. Some of the larger weight lifting equipment has been removed but smaller weights and riding equipment remains available as does the main pool.

Herb Nakada (centre) works out in the gym at the Cariboo Memorial Complex which has been moved to the lobby in front of the Sam Ketcham Memorial Pool for the duration of the pool upgrades. Some of the larger weight lifting equipment has been removed but smaller weights and riding equipment remains available as does the main pool.

Gym moves for pool upgrades

Construction fencing is up around the Cariboo Memorial Complex as the pool upgrade project gets underway.

Construction fencing is up around the Cariboo Memorial Complex as the pool upgrade project gets underway.

“The pool is open and the workout gym has been moved to the pool viewing area,” said city councillor Laurie Walters during the regular council meeting Tuesday.

During the construction phase there will be a 20 per cent reduction in entrance fees for the pool and fitness centre.

“That’s because the circumstances there are ongoing,” Walters said.

She explained that the sauna, hot pool and wading pool have now been closed.

A dividing wall, going up for the construction, is now in place.

“Final drawings for the parking lot and intersection have been received and should be tendered soon,” Walters said.

Removal of items from the old ball park area has begun and anything salvageable, such as the backstop, is being reutilized or offered out to community groups.

“It’s starting, it’s real and starting to happen and every council meeting I will be providing updates,” Walters said.

As reported earlier, the roundabout idea at Proctor Street and the parking lot exit has been scrapped because of the higher than anticipated cost.

“We couldn’t justify the expense but there will be a four-way stop there that will greatly improve the situation that is there now,” Walters said.