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The Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre reopened on January 15, 2020, following the completion of rehabilitation work.

The rehabilitation of Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre included the replacement and updating of the aging building, pool, mechanical and electrical systems. 

When the facility reopened, it was refreshed and more welcoming for all. People may notice:

  • New saltwater pool
  • Improved air and water quality
  • Improved lighting and sound/acoustics
  • Improved accessibility and flow in the front counter area

The project timeline for rehabilitation of the Bonnie Doon facility was extended due to major changes to the amount of work and project budget. Often times with older buildings, the full extent of work is not uncovered until there is an investigation deep into the building structure. This work could not occur while the building was occupied and in full operation.

Project Timeline

January 15, 2020

  • Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre reopened to the public


  • Rehabilitation work on Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre 


  • Project list of work and budget adjustments


  • Facility closed to the public
  • Condition assessment of the Bonnie Doon facility completed and identified priority for rehabilitation


  • Alberta Health Standards revised 

Project Overview

The Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre closed its doors in September 2016 for rehabilitation and reopened in January 2020.

Once the facility was closed to the public, further inspection into the state of the building identified more opportunities for improvement which required additional design work.

Adding unplanned work, as well as adjustments to the existing scope for this rehabilitation project, required an updated budget with approval from City Council.

An adjusted scope, budget and schedule for this project was approved in the May 2017 Supplemental Capital Budget Adjustment (SCBA).

The Alberta Health Pool Standards were revised in 2014 and now mandate the installation of anti-entrapment devices in all pool basins according to the Public Health Act. The existing main drains will be enlarged in both the hot tub and the pool as well as new drains added to reduce pressure at the bottom of the pool to help mitigate the risk of entrapment from suction. These measures are in place to improve swimming safety.

The Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre Assessment, completed in 2016, provided a review of the chemical treatment options. This information guided the City’s decision to move to a saline chlorination system (from a gas chlorination system) to meet the community’s wishes for a saltwater pool. Conversion to a salt water treatment system involves structural modifications, corrosion resistance upgrades for all filtration systems and replacement of the hot tub and pool basin lining and deck tiles.

Additional design plans for this rehabilitation project included an energy audit report which identified opportunities to improve energy efficiency of the building. Recommendations in the report included replacement of the air handling and hot water systems to reduce energy costs.

Rehabilitation Work

Rehabilitation work at the facility will improve water quality, safety measures and the overall customer experience.

The facility was refreshed, making it more welcoming for all, however most of the work was “back of house”.

The work involved:

  • Enhancing pool system to a saltwater chlorination system
  • Replacing and refinishing the pool basin to allow for the saltwater system
  • Installing a new pool filtration system
  • Replacing the pool deck and wall tiles
  • Adding new bleacher (viewing stands) guardrails
  • Removal of hazardous materials
  • Repairs to the building structure
  • Replacing the boiler and ventilation system
  • Upgrading to environmentally-friendly LED lighting fixtures 
  • Improving accessibility to front counter service area
  • New power, gas, water and telephone service connections
  • New building exterior (siding) and windows to improve energy consumption efficiencies 
  • Improved accessibility and connection to the new Dermott District Park

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