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UPDATE: Aquatic Centre vandalized, pool potentially contaminated

Windows broken, bike jumps flipped, dirt jumps damaged
Several windows were broken at the Fernie Aquatic Centre, causing it to close until further notice. City of Fernie/Facebook

UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 15 - 9:50 am

Elk Valley RCMP has released further information regarding the vandalism at Fernie Aquatic Centre.

RCMP attended the complex on the morning of October 14 and documented numerous rocks and bricks thrown through windows. According to RCMP, shards of glass extensively littered the interior and may have also polluted the swimming pool.

(Photo courtesy of Elk Valley RCMP)

That same night, RCMP were busy with numerous other calls.

“During this night, the RCMP were kept busy with calls regarding a reported sexual assault, a suicidal person, a weapons complaint, as well as looking for a vehicle that fled from a traffic stop,”said RCMP Cpl. Dan Hay in a release.

“The on-duty officers also remarked that many people were observed in downtown Fernie with open liquor which is in contravention of the Liquor Control Act, can result in a $368 fine, and unfortunately is a common offence that police deal with in downtown Fernie,” he said.

RCMP say the vandalism at the Aquatic Centre is under investigation, and anyone with information can provide it to the Elk Valley RCMP (Fernie office) at 250-423-4404, in person, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Monday, Oct. 14

The Fernie Aquatic Centre is closed until further notice due to extensive vandalism which occurred Sunday night.

The City of Fernie announced today on Facebook that an update would be provided when the facility is ready to be re-opened.

Several windows on the front of the building, as well as the side, were broken. In addition, jumps at the Fernie Bike Park appear to be damaged, and wooden ramps had been flipped. Several tools including rakes and shovels could be seen broken on the ground nearby.

The City of Fernie is requesting that anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity at the pool, contact the RCMP.

(More photos below)

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Jumps and ramps were damaged at the Fernie Bike Park, Sunday night. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Several windows were broken at the Fernie Aquatic Centre, causing it to close until further notice. (Photo courtesy of Elk Valley RCMP)

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About the Author: Phil McLachlan

Phil McLachlan is the editor at the Penticton Western News. He served as the reporter, and eventually editor of The Free Press newspaper in Fernie.
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