A year that saw the Williams Lake area heat up with wildfires will come to a close with a cool reprieve — the grand opening of the Sam Ketcham Pool.
The newly-renovated West Fraser Aquatic Centre will officially open Thursday, Dec. 14 with a ribbon cutting ceremony open to the entire community. “We encourage the community to come out and celebrate the grand opening with us,” said Joan Sorley, CRD Area F director and SKP working group co-chair. “We can’t wait to see everyone enjoying this beautiful new upgrade to the Sam Ketcham Pool.”
Echoing Sorley’s enthusiasm, Williams Lake city councillor Laurie Walters, SKP working group co-chair, said it’s been a long journey from the community consultation process and referendum to hiring the Tango team and waiting eagerly for the renovations to take shape.
“It truly has been short-term pain for long-term gain and I believe we have met the community’s expectations for a high-quality facility,” Walters said.
The ribbon-cutting will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a free swim at 6:30 p.m.
Entry to the free swim is by ticket only and as there are only 350 tickets available, they must be picked up in advance at the Cariboo Memorial Complex on a first-come, first-served basis and a maximum of four tickets per person.