Staff of the Town’s Recreation and Culture department previously housed in the Aquatic Centre are being relocated to the old town office on 50 Ave.
The old town office was one of five buildings considered by Town administration for the move, which takes place in light of the Aquatic Centre’s recent closure, and was chosen for its ample office and programming space. Its rooms, which include a meeting room, former council chambers and an office area, were found to be suitable for meetings and children-, youth- and culture-related programming.
The Town still owns the building, and the building’s services and utilities still function, administration noted in a report to council on Monday.
In an effort to retain staff, those who worked at the pool are being utilized in other vacant positions and for enhanced programming options being offered as a result of the Aquatic Centre’s closure.
“The goal of the department is to maintain those qualified and experienced staff members as these positions will be necessary to open the pool and resume programming and lessons when the facility has been repaired,” reads the report presented to council.
Some Recreation and Culture department staff, however, have already been lost to nearby communities, and administration are attempting to retain as many of those remaining as possible.
Swimming lessons will be held in the lake for this year’s summer season, with a number of related programs scheduled to be held in Centennial Park.