Prince Rupert pool shutdown extended until mid-October

The delay of a custom-built part has forced the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre's pool shutdown to be extended to Oct. 14.

The delay of a custom-built part has forced the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre’s pool shutdown to be extended past the promised opening of Sept. 21 to Oct. 14.

The Prince Rupert Recreation Departments is still awaiting the arrival of a replacement exhaust fan, which controls the air quality in the centre.

“Although it’s frustrating that we are unable to open when anticipated after shutdown, the longer wait affords our staff time to complete additional projects that weren’t scheduled to be finished this summer,” said recreation director Willa Thorpe in a press release by the department.

“Our staff is keen to re-open the centre as soon as it is safe to do so.”

A full slate of programs is set to be continued on Oct. 14, said the news release, including the beginning of the season for the Prince Rupert Amateur Swim Club’s 2014-15 year.