Thursday, November 15, 2012

Shouldice Aquatic Centre grand reopening

Shouldice Aquatic Centre celebrated its reopening November 10, following an extensive $1.5 million upgrade that ensures one of Calgary's oldest pools continues to be a safe and healthy facility for all citizens to enjoy.  The upgrades were made possible by the community investment fund.



“What a great day for Calgary to be celebrating the reopening of this facility,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Upgrading and improving facilities that are so important to our neighbourhoods is exactly why Council created the community investment fund. I’m thrilled to see the fund is already making a difference in people’s lives.”

Shouldice Aquatic Centre has been a valued recreational resource in the city’s northwest since it was built in 1967. Originally named Shouldice Memorial Pool and built outside for summer use, the aquatic centre was built over and around the pool in 1980.

“While it’s important to build new facilities to address our city’s growth, it is just as important to take care of existing facilities to ensure they continue to meet a significant need,” says Kurt Hanson, Director of Recreation with The City of Calgary. “The upgrades to Shouldice Aquatic Centre demonstrate our commitment to offering quality recreational amenities to all citizens.”

Situated in the community of Montgomery, Shouldice Aquatic Centre has seen the number of annual visitors grow in tandem with the surrounding communities it serves.

“When Shouldice was first built 45 years ago, there were approximately 5,000 residents in Bowness, Montgomery and Greenwood Village,” says Dale Hodges, Ward 1 Alderman with The City of Calgary. “Today, almost 16,000 citizens live in those same communities and we know the pool draws from well beyond these areas.”

Last year, Shouldice Aquatic Centre saw more than 70,000 visits to its facility. Wear and tear over the years from an increased number of visitors prompted a much-needed upgrade.  Significant improvements had not been made to the facility since 1992.
  • Upgrades completed this summer included:
  • Renovation of the public lobby and staff area to improve accessibility
  • Replacement of change room lockers and partitions
  • Repair of the main pool basin and dive tank
  • Electrical and mechanical lifecycle maintenance to pool pumps
  • Replacement of old light fixtures with high efficiency fixtures
  • New steam room and filter that distils and softens water so steam doesn’t scale
  • New storage room
  • Redesigned on-deck viewing area to add space for parents and guardians to watch their children participate in swimming lessons
  • Revised parking lot to improve flow and provide six additional parking stalls
  • Landscaping between the Aquatic Centre and the Pavilion building to provide outdoor play areas and improve drainage
  • The aquatic centre closed for renovations in June and reopened October 22, 2012. The public grand reopening being held today from 1 to 4 pm offers free swimming, wagon rides, snacks, mini golf, craft table and prizes.
Upgrades to Shouldice Aquatic Centre were made possible by the community investment fund. Created by City Council on July 25, 2011, the fund will invest $252 million from 2012 to 2016 into tangible and useful community improvements on things like libraries, recreation centres, swimming pools, arenas, athletic fields, parks, playgrounds and emergency services.

For more information, please visit calgary.ca/communityinvestmentfund

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