After nearly two years Beban Park’s main pool is reopening to the public.
The City of Nanaimo announced in a press release that it will reopen the main 25-metre pool Monday, Jan. 17, when aquafit classes will also resume at Beban Park and the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.
A small set of winter swimming lessons will also be available for registration.
The Beban Park main pool reopening follows a series of repairs that were completed along with several improvements to the pool, including new tiling in the washrooms, LED lighting upgrades, water-efficient taps and painting throughout the facility.
An accessibility audit was also completed in 2021 to help the city determine ways to enhance people’s ability to access the Beban Park pool amenities.
Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun, a Coast Salish artist, was commissioned by the city to create large-scale murals that feature the dog salmon run and the ecosystems sustained by the herring run and eel grass. Littleneck clams, the sea lion, bald eagle, octopus and other animals also appear in his designs. Interactive and interpretive signs in English and Hul’q’umi’num, and a take-away guide are available to share information, language and stories related to the art work.
A short set of winter swimming lessons will be held until a full set can be offered in the spring. Available classes will be posted online Monday, Jan. 17. Registration begins Wednesday, Jan. 19. Visit recreation.nanaimo.ca to see the pool schedule. Due to demand for aquafit classes, pre-registration is required up to eight days in advance by calling the registration desk at 250-756-5200 or online at recreation.nanaimo.ca.
Provincial health orders require weight rooms to remain closed until at least Tuesday, Jan. 18. Facility capacities will be restricted to 50 per cent and everyone over age 12 must provide proof of vaccination to participate or spectate.
Schedules and procedures will be adjusted as health orders are updated.