Re-opening of leisure pool, play structure and whirlpool delayed
Originally expected to be complete in late October, work on the leisure pool, play structure and whirlpool in the aquatic centre has been delayed. They are now expected to re-open in Winter 2023.
We know many in the community have been looking forward to using these amenities this fall. We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause and are doing all that we can to welcome you back as soon as possible.
The delay has been caused by new filters arriving larger than specified, requiring room and mechanical layout modifications to allow them to fit. Making these modifications to the project is the best option; returning and reordering the filters would have meant a longer delay, as they are a custom-made product manufactured overseas.
The filter is a very important part of the pool system. It helps remove dirt and debris from the water and works with the sanitation system to maintain healthy and clean water for swimmers. The filtration system must pass an Alberta Health Services inspection before the amenities are re-opened to ensure public pool standards are met.
What this means for swim programs this fall:
- Fall preschool lessons in the leisure pool have been cancelled.
- Swimmer level programs (ages 6–12 years) will be added to the main pool, where possible.
- Parents can withdraw their other children in unaffected swim levels and re-register them in winter programs.
- Aquatic certification programs (e.g., the Swim and Lifesaving Instructor Course) scheduled in November have been cancelled.
- School swim lessons, AquaFit classes, lane swim, sport club use and drop-in public swim will continue as currently scheduled.
The City is in the process of contacting those registered for fall programs who are directly impacted. For the most updated activity-based schedule, please visit Live.Leduc.ca.
The main pool, which opened in September as planned, uses a different filtration system and was therefore not impacted. The main pool, waterslide, steam room and hot tub are open.
We know residents will have questions about what this means for them. Please review the FAQs below. If your question is not covered in the FAQ, please visit Guest Services at the Leduc Recreation Centre or call 780-980-7120.
Aquatic Centre Update: FAQs on Programming Impacts
My fall preschool swim lesson was cancelled. Will I get a refund?
Credits will automatically be added to the account upon cancellation. If you prefer a full refund, please request it by email: Guest_Services_Supervisors@leduc.ca. It will take up to four weeks to process the full refund.
My fall preschool swim lesson was cancelled, and I want to withdraw my other children (ages 6–12) from fall swim lessons. Will there be a fee?
You will have from Oct. 16–20 to decide if you would like to withdraw your other children (ages 6–12) from fall swimming lessons. Recognizing this special circumstance, the cancellation fee will be waived. Only those siblings affected by the cancellation of preschool swim lessons are eligible.
How are Aquafit and lane swim affected?
Aquafit and lane swim will continue as currently scheduled.
Can I put my LRC membership on hold?
Yes. Requests for a membership hold will be accepted so long as their membership has not been (will not be) on hold for more than a total of four months within the year.
Example: Jane’s annual membership is from February to February. She put her membership on hold for three months, from March 1 to June 1. She has requested another membership hold. Her membership can be put on hold for one month, which will take her to a total of four months in her membership year.
Example: John’s annual membership is from November to November. He put his membership on hold for two months, from March 1 to May 1. He has requested another membership hold. His membership can be put on hold for a total of four months, November through February, and will exhaust his membership hold allowance the calendar year.
Why doesn't the City do maintenance on the aquatics centre in the summer when the outdoor pool is open?
Demand for swim amenities in Leduc typically increases in the summer as kids are out of school so it's important that we keep indoor and outdoor pools open during this time to meet the community's need for public swim and swimming lessons. By the end of August and into early September the demand for swim amenities in Leduc is lower than any other time of year. This is why many aquatic facilities, including ours, schedule a shutdown during in the early fall. We hope you find this information helpful.