Solar-powered swimming pool complex opens October 31

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Athletes and swimming enthusiast may continue utilizing the city’s swimming pool complex starting November, eight months after it was closed for rehabilitation works since March 18 this year.

City Administrator Bonifacio Dela Peña announced that the refurbished swimming pool complex will be opened starting October 31 after his inspection on Thursday, 24 October 2019 showed the rehabilitation works are nearing completion.

The rehabilitation project costs Php43 million covering the installation of solar panel roofs to serve as the water heater of the pool in a bid to reduce electricity costs.

The project also included the repair and replacement of the roof to extend to the bleachers area; enclosure of the structure and repainting of the structural frames; construction of new shower and locker rooms and retiling of the floor.

Touch pads at both end of the pool were also installed to comply with national standards for Olympic-sized pools as well as electronic score boards and diving boards.

The depth of the pool was also extended for another one meter to be able to accommodate diving events in the future.

Sports Development Officer Gaudencio Gonzales earlier said the city hopes to be able to cater to the needs of city athletes next month during the city schools sports meet and train in preparation for the upcoming Cordillera Administrative Regions Athletic Association meet by February 2020.

The city’s swimming pool serves as a competition venue not only to the city sport events but also caters to regional, inter-regional and national events. – Jessa Mardy Samidan