Despite the problems encountered this week at the Edson Recreation Centre, there is some optimism moving forward.
The town, along with Yellowhead County, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that indicates their willingness to work towards a new recreation centre.
Edson Mayor Kevin Zahara says it was a very positive step.
Both sides have budgeted for site selection and hope a site and conceptual designs will be finished at some point in 2018.
Earlier this week, the ice plant and fire suppression rooms in the current recreation complex were shut down after asbestos was found.
The entire recreation complex has now been closed to the public, effective immediately.
Following the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) inspection, the Town of Edson brought in an independent Occupational Hygienist to continue the inspections regarding asbestos in the facility. Evidence of loose vermiculite has been found in the pro shop/meeting room areas of the building. As such, a complete shutdown of the Recreation Complex has been recommended until further testing is complete.
The Town of Edson recognizes the effect this will have on bookings, staff, as well as our user groups. We are currently in the process of contacting all of those with bookings that will be impacted by this closure.