Regional Pool opening slated for May 18

Pull out the bathing suit, lather up the tanning grease and grab your beach towel, the swimming season at the Falher Regional Pool is here.
Well, almost here.
Manager Anne Challier says regular patrons of the local recreational facility will be happy to know that the countdown is on for the official opening of the pool.
“We’re hoping to be ready by May 18,” said an excited Challier, adding that date also marks the launch of “Loonie Day,” a day where everyone (regardless of age) gets in for $1.
“This is just our way of kick-starting the 2001 season. It’s an affordable incentive to try and get people to come out and get their feet wet for the first time this year.”
The position of manager is something that is completely new to Challier, who was handed the reigns at the end of the 2000 swimming season by the Town of Falher after filling the shoes as a senior lifeguard for four consecutive years.
In terms of the current status of the pool, town officials and pool staff have been working diligently since May 1 to ensure the facility is up and running by next Friday. Challier says part of that process will include reinstalling the slide and diving board as well as some pre-season administrative work. She adds that the brunt of the work last week focussed on cleaning the pool lining with an acid-based solution to remove winter residue, a task placed on the capable shoulders of Town of Falher Utilities Operator Marco Gervais and Equipment Operator Denis Gervais. Once that’s completed the pool will be inspected to ensure it’s in tip-top shape prior to being filled with water and treated with various chemicals.
“It’s looking really good at this stage,” she said, adding that a plan to purchase several lawn chairs for the pool deck is currently being considered by the town.
As far as the overall condition of the pool is concerned, Challier says both town officials and pool staff continue to share the belief that if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.
That’s not to suggest, however, there won’t be any fine-tuning carried out in an effort to bolster the number of people utilzing the pool.
“We think the pool’s been very self-sufficient in the past, but there’s always room for improvement,” she said, adding they hope to broaden the user base by encouraging special interest groups to rent the facility.
Programs, meanwhile, such as lessons and early bird swimming will continue to be offered in 2001 in addition to the aerobics program, which is being modified slightly.
“One of the things we’re planning to do this year is spice up our aerobics program by making it more fitness oriented. Hopefully, that will help attract more ladies and adults,” Challier said.
Twelve people make up the dedicated staff at the Falher Regional Pool. That figure consists of six senior lifeguards and six junior lifeguards.
Swimming passes remain unchanged from last year and are: $60 for a single pass, $30 for a lane pass and $175 for a family pass (up to four members).
All passes are available at the pool on opening day.
Registration dates for swimming lessons will be announced in June.
The hours of operation at the outdoor pool (located next to Routhier school in Falher) for the upcoming season are weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and weekends from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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