Warfield’s Centennial Pool renovations continue as staff from Kelowna’s Lloyd and Gale Concrete Resurfacing cleans off years of old pool paint.

Warfield’s Centennial Pool renovations continue as staff from Kelowna’s Lloyd and Gale Concrete Resurfacing cleans off years of old pool paint.

Warfield pool still empty as summer heats up

Work on the pool is expected to take another two weeks to complete.

  • Jul. 7, 2013 4:00 p.m.

First it was too cold and wet, then it was too hot, now Village of Warfield staff is hoping it’s just right to complete the much delayed renovations of the Centennial Pool.

Work has been progressing slowly on the pool since late April when village works crews began stripping off the old tiles in anticipation of a full resurfacing of the 46-year-old pool.

Vince Morelli, Warfield’s chief administrative officer said that the public had been patient waiting for the work to be completed and the pool to open but with recent temperatures, patience might be wearing thin.

“People weren’t too concerned when it was raining constantly,” he told the Trail Times.

“Now that it’s been 110 degrees (43 degrees Celsius) a lot of people are calling to find out when it’ll be open.”

The village is hoping the public can be patient for at least a little while longer as the work is anticipated to take another two weeks to complete.

The village had planned to entirely resurface the outdoor pool, which was built in 1967 to celebrate Warfield’s Silver anniversary.

The process involved stripping off decades worth of layers of thick, pool paint to get at the bare concrete underneath, repairing and sealing the concrete surface and then applying the new layer of the familiar pool paint.

“The product to be applied had to be done when the temperature would be constantly above 10 degrees overnight,” said Morelli. “Now it’s been too hot and the crews will be working night shift to complete the job.”

He explained that the product being applied is like a plasticized cement, similar to modern stucco products applied to the exterior of houses.

“They’re still grinding off all the old paint from the last 40 years,” said Morelli. “Then they’ll apply the product, then paint.”