Welcome to the Gibsons
and District Aquatic Facility!
953 Gibsons Way, Gibsons BC
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The Gibsons and District Aquatic Facility includes a lap pool (20 metres), pool for tots with water feature in the centre, round pink pool, and hot tub.
Lockers with tokens are now available. Tokens are $0.50 each.
Some lockers are available if you wish to bring your own lock.
Hours of Operation
Facility is currently closed for annual maintenance and hot tub replacement. See below for more details about the hot tub replacement.
Facility will be closed July 29 to mid-October.**
Please note that there is no accessibility lift at GDAF, until further notice. Should you require assistance before your visit, please call Patrick Dickie at 604-885-6865 Ext. 6653.
Hot Tub Replacement Project
October 17, 2017 Project Update:
SCRD is working hard to get the pool open as soon as possible and the new hot tub commissioned in time for winter weather. Here is an update on what's happening at GDAF:
Hot Tub Replacement
The hot tub replacement project continues to move forward. Demolition is complete and forming for the new tub is in place – see work-in-progress photo below. This stage of the project took longer than planned as it was discovered that the pool deck was over 1.3 m thick (solid concrete) in places versus the expected 30 cm and this needed to be removed to allow construction to proceed.
Town of Gibsons Water Line Replacement
Outside the building, the waterline that feeds the building started leaking. The Town of Gibsons investigated and determined the line requires replacement. This work is now proceeding and will ensure efficient use of water and reliable service going forward.
Impact of Late Season Drought
Refilling of the main pool has been delayed as SCRD Recreation takes action to conserve water during water use restrictions. Staff are ready to refill the pool once we are in Stage 2.
SCRD is currently placing some water in the pool to prevent ground water pressure from damaging the pool basin. This partial fill is an asset protection measure. The water is being drawn from outside of the Chapman system as we are still acting to conserve water supply in support of water use restrictions.
Other Pool Improvements
During the pool closure, staff are completing a variety of projects that will enhance the comfort and reliability of the pool. These include replacement of the main pool pump, repainting of change rooms, installation of a new women’s change room new hand dryer, repainting of parking lot lines and over 130 other annual maintenance tasks.
What Happens Next? When Will the Pool Reopen?
The next step toward pool reopening is to use the new water line (once installed) to refill and test the pool so that a health inspection can be completed. Taking into account the timeline for water line replacement, the current water use restrictions, and allowing time for the health inspection, the planned reopening of the main pool is November 10. Tiling of the hot tub would continue while the pool is open. This would happen behind a wooden partition to minimize disruption.
A further update will be issued near the end of October.
September 29, 2017 Project Update:
Demolition of the old hot tub (and the original hot tub underneath!) has been completed. This step took longer than expected as more than 52” of solid concrete needed to be removed. The construction team is moving quickly to complete concrete forming. Once this is complete, the main pool can safely be reopened to the public with hot tub construction work continuing behind a wooden partition. The target reopening date remains October, as previously communicated, with the tub finished late fall. Please excuse construction noise after the main pool reopens as tiling and mechanical work for the tub is completed. A further update will be provided when the main pool reopening date is confirmed.
This summer the hot tub will be replaced with a fresh new design. Here is what you need to know.
The GDAF hot tub replacement project is underway!
SCRD is pleased to be working with Alfred Horie Construction as our construction manager. Alfred Horie brings more than 125 years of BC construction experience to this project. Detailed construction planning indicates that the dirty work (demolition and concrete work) required for the project will extend beyond the annual shutdown and will delay the planned September 5th pool reopening. Reopening requires a clean facility to protect patron health and safety, meet SCRD standards and to receive approval from Vancouver Coastal Health. The new target reopening date is mid-October. A further timing update will be available after August 15, when trade scheduling and lead time for equipment orders are confirmed.
Alternate Options during hot tub replacement project.
Staff are working to minimize impacts to the community by adjusting the fall programming calendar to provide more offerings at the Sechelt Aquatic Centre if demand allows. The public are encouraged to register for program waitlists, as this will determine the need for more programs. There will also be cross promotion of low impact fitness offerings at the Gibsons & Area Community Centre as a recreation alternative. An information update will be posted at Gibsons & District Aquatic Facility this week.
We look forward to welcoming patrons back for a soak in the new hot tub this fall as the weather turns colder.
What is happening?
A new six-person hot tub is being constructed at GDAF. The project will see the removal of the old tub. A cut will be made into the pool deck and a new concrete and tile tub constructed. A construction budget of $290,000 is in place to build the tub and update mechanical and electrical systems. The design was created by SHAPE Architects and Rocky Point Engineering. The construction manager will be hired in May 2017.
What is the timeline?
Construction is planned to take place during the summer’s annual facility maintenance shutdown. The hot tub will be completed in late summer or early fall. Inspection timelines and complexities related to the age of the facility have been taken into account during planning but are ultimately beyond the control of the SCRD, so only a window of time can be suggested for completion at this stage.
Will the new hot tub have any special features?
The most notable difference between the old tub and the new one is that ultraviolet light water treatment will be used. This process will reduce the amount of chlorine used by approximately half – making for a nicer soak that is easier on the skin and eyes and reducing chemical costs.
Why isn’t a less expensive fiberglass tub being used?
Budget-saving measures were considered as part of the design process. A fiberglass tub was researched, but does not meet the scratch-resistance/hygiene and slip-resistance standards required for public health in a recreation facility setting.
Where can I get more information?
Pool staff will be provided with updates by the project manager as work progresses and can answer your questions.
Thank you for your interest in the project and your patronage at the Gibsons and District Aquatic Facility.
Questions? Contact us.