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Vancouver Aquatic Centre fascia collapses, no injuries reported

Russell Hixson
Vancouver Aquatic Centre fascia collapses, no injuries reported
TRICIA BARKER — Vancouver Park Board Commissioner Tricia Barker snapped a photo of damage at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre. Crews are investigating what caused part of the building’s fascia to collapse.

Officials are assessing damage to the Vancouver Aquatic Centre after part of the fascia took a dive.

“A piece of fascia fell off the Vancouver Aquatic Centre near the front entrance,” said Jeannine Guérette, the city’s acting senior manager of marketing and communications. “Thankfully no one was injured, but out of an abundance of caution, parks and recreation staff have temporarily closed the building while it undergoes an assessment. We won’t know any further details until that assessment is complete.”

The nearly 50-year-old building sits just south of Sunset Beach and features a fitness area, 50-metre pool and diving tower.

The city has long planned to replace the aging facility, but these efforts are still in the early stages.

“Went to see the damage at the Aquatic Centre,” wrote Tricia Barker, Vancouver Park Board commissioner on Twitter. “Staff already on hand to assess and to make sure people using facilities can continue safely. Happy to hear disabled parking spots will be added at temporary entrance. Thankful no one was hurt in the collapse!”

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