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Slippery Canada Games Pool diving boards closed
Diving boards at the Canada Games Pool had to be shut down this week after two people slipped on them last weekend.
The pool complex was reopened last Saturday following a 60-day maintenance shutdown, although the 10-metre platform diving tower, seven-metre board and the waterslide remained off limits because work had not been completed on replacing the 10-metre platform.
During the closure the one-metre and three-metre aluminum boards were recoated with a kit from a pool supply company. Aquatic manager Hilary Knowles said the procedure involves applying an epoxy paint with a granular non-slip product.
But two people did slip on them, including one boy who reported he got scraped his foot, knee and back when he fell on the board. Knowles said the boards were closed and scrubbed down but they continued to be slippery and remained closed.
Knowles said a couple more kits were brought in and the surface repainted Monday evening with some additional non-stick products being applied. The boards were expected to be reopened Wednesday evening after the resurfacing had cured.
"We clearly want to make sure what we have in operation was safe," said Knowles. "Two people slipping isn't many, but it was too many."
Knowles said the maintenance shutdown was completed with only a few hiccups with the 10-metre tower being the last of the four big projects left to do. The platform replacement was expected to be finished by the end of this week.
"The building looks, in my view, quite nice," said Knowles.