Crews began pouring the concrete slab for the replacement fountain in front of city hall Wednesday, and officials said they’re on track to open the pool and surrounding plaza this summer.
“We’ve got a 12-hour continuous pour, about 290,000 litres of concrete, which is about 75,000 milk jugs. We’ve got a concrete truck coming through on site every 20 minutes, and we hope to finish up later on this evening,” project manager Eugene Gyorfi said Wednesday.
But although construction is pressing forward, the city wouldn’t share an expected opening date beyond “summer.” In the meantime, the four summer festivals that call the square home have decided to opt out for another year as work on the Stanley A. Milner Library, the Valley Line south LRT construction, and the provincial government’s work on the courthouse continues.
The construction bill for the fountain replacement, as well as resurfacing the surrounding plaza and removing 102A Avenue from where it previously bisected the square, is coming in at $13.4 million. The number includes a $3-million boost by city council last July when contractor bids came back higher than anticipated.
When completed, the new pool will be able to be drained and filled in just one hour, thanks to the installation of a 290,000 litre surge tank. The pool will be drained at night for security reasons, but could also be emptied during the day so the surface can be transformed into an event space.
The new design will feature a granite bottom and the water will only be about ankle-deep. The change from its previous depth of 40 cm was the source of some public outcry and debate on council, which ultimately voted for the changes that adapt to regulatory changes.
But the design also makes entry to the pool — or skating rink — more accessible. There will
Source:: Edmonton Journal