Vollmer Complex in LaSalle re-opens for Family Day after ammonia leak
Swimming and skating will still be taking place
The Vollmer Complex in LaSalle re-opened in time for Family Day activities after it was evacuated Sunday due to an ammonia leak.
We are closed due to an ammonia leak. Everyone evacuated safely and leak has been contained. Stay tuned for more information—@VollmerComplex
Emergency crews responded to an alarm caused by a small leak in the refrigeration room and the entire complex was shut down while tests were conducted.
"It was discovered that there was pipe that was leaking," said Patti Funaro, acting director of culture and recreation for the town. "Out of precaution for public safety we keep the facility closed until that pipe could be taken out of service."
Free skating and public swimming proceeded as planned, according to officials from the Town of LaSalle.
No safety concerns, says official
Randy Freer was teaching his granddaughter Petyon to skate Monday afternoon. Although he said he was a "bit worried" about the leak, he added he trusts staff at the recreation centre to keep visitors safe.
"I'm sure it's fine," he said. "They said that the air quality is fine."
The Vollmer Complex has been the site of several repairs including rotting floors and flooding since it opened in 2008, but Funaro said there aren't any concerns about the safety of the building.
"We are going to be celebrating our 10th anniversary next year," she said. "Certainly as any building ages you're going to see things that are starting to break down and need repariting."
The Vollmer Complex will be closed until further notice due to a small ammonia leak. Ammonia is the refrigerant used to maintain ice *ET—@LasallefireON