September 23, 2023

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“Mechanical Problems” |  The Rosemont Aquatic Complex closed two weeks after opening

“Mechanical Problems” | The Rosemont Aquatic Complex closed two weeks after opening

Two weeks after opening, the Rosemont Aquatic Complex has been forced to temporarily close its doors due to “mechanical issues” affecting the water temperature in the pool.

Posted at 1:30 p.m.

Henri Ouellet-Vezina

Henri Ouellet-Vezina

“Due to mechanical issues, the Rosemont Aquatic Complex is temporarily closed. We thank you for your understanding,” Citi said in a statement posted on its website in the past few hours.

At Mayor Valérie Plante’s office, a mechanical breakdown forced the campus to close. “Teams are already working with the contractor to resolve this quickly,” notes press officer Alicia Dufour.

According to our information, it will be a problem of temperature, which will especially affect the swimming pool. The water, which has dropped by several degrees, is too cold to welcome the inhabitants in a system considered safe. In the best case scenario, the center’s management hopes to be able to reopen its doors next week.

A long awaited project

At the end of June, the executive committee included Caroline Bourgeois, head of sports and recreation, and the mayor of Rosemont – La-Petite-Patrie, François Limoges, Officially inaugurated the operations of this much awaited new aquatic complex. Since the closure of the Rosemont swimming pool in 2019 and the closing of the Per-Marquette swimming pool last year, the Saint-Denis basin has been the only indoor swimming pool in the borough.

Construction on the Rosemont Aquatic Complex began in late 2019, but the project was first mentioned in 2016. The new three-story building, a $39.3 million investment, was erected on a vacant lot adjacent to the former Rosemont swimming pool. 8e and 9e Avenue, near rue Bellechasse.

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The closure is in addition to other problems at the aquatic center. Scheduled for 2020, then in the fall of 2021, delivery of the project was delayed as the tender contract was reopened, which was deemed non-compliant by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

The COVID-19 pandemic and other related factors — including supply issues — have pushed back its final delivery.

With Iris Gagnon-Paradis