Pool Shutdown

Pool Shut Down/COVID-19 Closure 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year the pool shutdown began in May! Pool shut down is an important part of the annual cycle of our Aquatic Facility. This cycle keeps your pool healthy and functional and helps reduce maintenance related service impacts throughout the year.

While our facility has been closed, both the Aquatic and Maintenance departments have worked diligently to accomplish as much work as they could to mitigate closures once we are able to open access to you.

You may be wondering, WHAT’S THE HOLD UP?!

During Shut Down 2020, a chimney located over the pool mechanical room was scheduled to be replaced. During reactivation inspection and evaluation of tasks to be completed, the Maintenance crew discovered the heat exchanger was severely rusted out, past the point of service. A quote was requested from the company who built our HVAC on replacement, with the original estimated time of arrival for delivery for the requisite part at 4-6 weeks. Upon confirmation of the order, the estimated time of arrival became 6-8 weeks.

The Aquatic and Maintenance departments are all prepared to begin the next stage of start up as soon as the part arrives on site. Unfortunately, without this HVAC part we can not circulate the air in the Aquatic Facility.

A contractor has been tentatively booked for the current estimated time of arrival. All preparations needed prior to installation are being done in advance.

We would like to thank, you, the public for your extreme patience and understanding during this time.

To help our residents understand what is taken care of during shut down, please view the images and descriptions below, which provide insight into what actions we take.


Preparing to acid wash the play pool basin as main pool drains

Preparing to acid wash the play pool basin as main pool drains.

Lifeguard(s) prepare acid solution to de-scale the pool bottoms.

Lifeguard(s) prepare acid solution to de-scale the pool bottoms.

 Lifeguard(s) prepare acid solution to de-scale the pool bottoms.

Contact Us

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    Aquatics Supervisor


    Email

    Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre
    805 Switzer Drive
    Hinton, AB T7V 1V1

    Info Line with up to the minute schedules:
    780.865.6066

    Speak to a Live Customer Service Agent (9 am-9 pm)
    780-865-4412

    Pool Hours


    Swim Schedule

Two lifeguards spread the acid solution as two others scrub to remove scale.

Two lifeguards spread the acid solution as two others scrub to remove scale.
A lifeguard works to clean the mermaid filters for the main pool. They are then inspected for cracks

A lifeguard works to clean the mermaid filters for the main pool. They are then inspected for cracks. Any filters that are damaged are replaced.

Main Pool drained and ready to be acid washed. The seam will also be inspected and replaced. Some tile and grout touch ups are to follow.

Main Pool drained and ready to be acid washed. The seam will also be inspected and replaced. Some ti

All deck drains must be removed for cleaning and flushing. This procedure is performed twice throughout shutdown.

All deck drains must be removed for cleaning and flushing. This procedure is performed twice through
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Other Important Items Carried Out:

All acid lines in the mechanical room have been pulled out and replaced.

All mermaid filters (12) have been removed from the main pool filter pit. Both the filter jackets and filters have been cleaned, inspected and replaced with new ones if required.

Sand filters (2 - play pool and hot tub) have been emptied and have been cleaned. Both filters will have brand new sand upon opening!

Viewing area and first aid room floors have been deep cleaned, buffed and waxed.

Pool policies and procedures are being reviewed and amended to ensure full compliance with Lifesaving and AHS standards.

Lifeguard inspects the inside of the play pool sand filter. New sand is here and will go in this week.

lifeguard inspects the inside of the play pool sand filter. New sand is here and will go in this wee
Scaffolding and ladders up to clean and paint the exterior of all the duct work. The insides were cl

Scaffolding and ladders up to clean and paint the exterior of all the duct work. The insides were cleaned as well.

Lifeguard preps the change room floor surfaces to buff off hard water stains and calcium build up.

lifeguard preps the change room floor surfaces to buff off hard water stains and calcium build up.
time for the buffer!

Time for the buffer!

More Important Tasks Being Carried Out:

  • Change room lockers, doors and frames, shoe racks and storage bins have all received a new coat of paint.
  • Steam room has been re-grouted and sealed.
  • Pool pumps and boilers have been inspected and serviced
  • Chemicals have arrived for balancing the pool water.
Lifeguards restring and crimp lane ropes in preparation for fall programming.

Lifeguards restring and crimp lane ropes in preparation for fall programming.

A Lifeguard passes filters down to a maintenance worker.

A Lifeguard passes filters down to a maintenance worker.
Care is taken when placing the filters into their holders - a filter that sustains a crack can be de

Care is taken when placing the filters into their holders - a filter that sustains a crack can be devastating to the filtration system.

Filters are then tightened and secured in place.

Filters are then tightened and secured in place.
When the pit begins to fill, so does the pool! It may look a little green right now, but when the wa

Once all the filters are in place, and the main pool basin has been inspected, we can start filling the filter pit.

When the pit begins to fill, so does the pool! It may look a little green right now, but when the water is heated and the chemicals are added we will have it sparkling!

When the pit begins to fill, so does the pool! It may look a little green right now, but when the wa
When the pit begins to fill, so does the pool! It may look a little green right now, but when the wa

Time to add sand into our sand filters. Here a lifeguard cuts the first bag to be added. These two vessels filter the play pool and hot tub.

Time to add sand into our sand filters. Here a lifeguard cuts the first bag to be added. These two v
Time to add sand into our sand filters. Here a lifeguard cuts the first bag to be added. These two v

Once the sand has been added to the filters, the vessels are cleaned of all debris and bacteria using a special solution. The solution sits for 12 hours before filtration can begin.

  1. Aquatic Tasks
  2. Maintenance Tasks
  • Move and store all deck equipment
  • Sanitize all deck drains
  • Drain Hot Tub & Play Pool
  • Apply grip paint to pool deck & railings
  • Clean cells for all 3 basins
  • Clean pH and ORP probes for all 3 basins
  • Clean & organize Aquatic Shift Office
  • Clean & organize Water Testing Room
  • Clean & organize Mechanical Room
  • Service acid pumps
  • Clean & organize salt storage
  • Clean & organize Chemical Storage Room
  • Clean & inventory emergency evacuation bins
  • Clean, organize & inventory First Aid Storage Room
  • Update SDS binders & inventory all chemicals on site
  • HEPA vacuum pipes in Mechanical Room
  • Clean & organize First Aid Room and Staff Locker Room
  • Deep clean both Changerooms
  • Deep clean Steam Room & deck shower
  • Re-vamp pin boards
  • Organize & file First Aid Room cabinets
  • Descale shower heads
  • Scrub & sanitize all garbage cans and recycling bins
  • Organize & replenish swimming lesson supplies
  • Scrub & disinfect all pool toys
  • Disinfect & inventory PFDs
  • Disinfect & inventory flippers
  • Disinfect & inventory Aqua fitness supplies
  • Clean & organize Blue Storage Room
  • Wash blue wall
  • Clean & soak skimmer baskets and float valves
  • Fix broken float valve assemblies
  • Clean & organize First Aid stations and bag
  • Scrub diving blocks and rewrite block numbers
  • Clean hexagon windows
  • Filter Flo sand vessels
  • Fix A-frame signs
  • Update chemical addition charts
  • Disinfect hallway walls
  • Disinfect Viewing Gallery and railings
  • Disinfect Meeting room
  • Disinfect all benches and chairs
  • Disinfect shoe rack
  • Scrub Main Pool seam
  • Wash & refinish deck whiteboard
  • Revamp signage
  • Relabel JLC manikins
    Inspect & inventory JLC equipment
  • Update pool specific emergency response procedures
  • Swim Fit program development
  • Disinfect & inventory all First Aid course equipment
  • Dusting of HVAC
  • JLC critical path update
  • Safe Work Practices converted to new template
  • JLC program development
  • ActiveNet Pass/Fail transfer
  • Flush & replace acid lines
  • Drain and acidize all 3 basins
  • Remove, inspect, and replace Mermade filters
  • Clean and organize Acid room