Pipe failures close Queen’s Square Outdoor Pool for summer

As a result of two broken pipes that are causing significant water loss and need extensive repair work, the Queen’s Square Outdoor Pool is being closed for the rest of the summer. 

The pipes, which fill the pool and return water to the mechanical room for treatment, are located under the pool deck and must be dug up for replacement.  The pool cannot operate with the amount of water being lost and a temporary fix is not possible.  Initial investigations would suggest that the pipes were damaged during the winter months, as everything was operational at shut down last fall.

Staff will work with swim lesson users to accommodate their needs at other outdoor pools.  Washrooms will stay open for users of Queen’s Square from 12 noon to 8 pm each day, with special efforts being made to accommodate tournaments in the park.  The pool was slated to close for the season at the end of August.  All other City outdoor pools, the splash pad, Killarney Lake beach, and the Fredericton Indoor Pool remain open.

“We are all disappointed by this unfortunate news, especially at the height of summer swim season, but the work is expected to take several weeks to complete,” said Coun. Henri Mallet, Chair of the City’s Community Services Committee.  “If the work gets done earlier, we may look at re-opening the facility.  I want to thank area residents and pool users in advance for their patience and understanding while we carry out the necessary repairs.”

The broken pipes are located under a thick concrete pool deck; some just below the surface, others deep down.  As a result, repair work will require excavation of the pool deck to further investigate and repair the issue.  This could result in a sizable excavation and be a slow process as contractors work around many other mechanical piping systems, steel rebar / mesh, etc. 

The pool holds approximately 140,000 US gallons. Estimates are that 1,500 to 2,000 US gallons are being lost per hour at this point.  The pool will be drained and the work is expected to begin as soon as possible.

The Queen’s Square and Royal Road outdoor pools were officially opened on June 28, 2007.  City Council invested $4.27 million in the two facilities, which replaced end-of-life outdoor pools at the same locations.  The pools featured a number of amenities including a five-lane lap pool, a zero-entry wading pool with water features, a bathhouse featuring showers, dressing rooms, lockers and washrooms, as well as a shade pergola on the deck. 

In the Spring of 2019, it was announced that the City would be making enhancements to all its outdoor pools by expanding the pool decks to allow for improved seating options, featuring colourful Adirondack chairs, and increasing locker space for patrons.  That work has been completed.  For more about recreation programs and activities in Fredericton, visit www.fredericton.ca/recreation.