The pool at the Stettler Recreation Centre was closed effective Saturday, Dec. 20, for what front desk employee Michelle Duchscherer called “yearly maintenance.”
She explained that rec centre staff would be “going over everything, making sure everything’s working right, fixing any little issues.”
Every second year, she said, the maintenance falls during the Christmas break, which can be frustrating for families hoping to take their kids for a swim over the holidays.
However, Duchscherer added, the holidays are typically a quiet time for the town’s aquatics department.
“It’s our slowest time,” she said. “We might have one busy hour out of the day.”
Also, with school use and swimming lessons, it’s hard to find any other time to shut down the pool for an extended period.
A post on the Town of Stettler’s Facebook page attracted some displeasure and complaints, but rec employees also noted that public skating and shinny will continue at the adjacent arenas during the holidays.
The pool will reopen on Jan. 6, 2015.