Changing up the change rooms

Radium Hot Springs change rooms to undergo major renovations

Say goodbye to the broken shower-heads, cracked tiles and taped-over floors. The change rooms at Radium’s hot springs are getting a makeover.

Between October 15th and December 20th, Parks Canada will be renovating the men’s and women’s change rooms at the pool. While much of the work will be done prior to the daily opening time of 1 p.m., the pool will be closed to the public for four weeks between October 21st and November 18th.

Renovations will include: replacing the flooring, ceilings and lighting, painting, and installing new tiles and fixtures in the men’s and women’s change rooms, as well as replacing benches, cubical partitions, sinks and counter surfaces in the women’s change room.

“This is a face-lift to the existing rooms,” says Julian England, chief operating officer for the Canadian Rockies hot springs.

Approximately $9.5 million has gone into the last few years of renovations at the hot springs, Mr. England reports. However, much of it has been on projects far less visible to patrons, such as upgrades to mechanical structures and the roof membrane.

“I’m looking forward to being able to complete something that’s more visitor-facing,” Mr. England says of the change room renovation. “Change rooms are important in terms of how people view a facility and its cleanliness, and how they feel in it.”

The change rooms are the final major project in the broad-scale renovations that have taken place over the last few years, he adds. Other projects wrapping up soon include a second accessible ramp, which should be open prior to Christmas. Landscaping will be done most likely in the spring, and a new sign is in the works for the hot springs. One of the more interesting aspects of the renovation, Mr. England shares, was the removal of a concrete buttress that used to support the old Kootenay Park gate (which was apparently removed sometime in the 1960s). The buttress removal has allowed a viewpoint of the building coming down the highway.

“I’m so excited to present the building as it was intended now that the buttress is gone,” Mr. England says.

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