newest recreation facility is a boon for area swimmers.
Located at the corner of Portobello Blvd. and Brian Coburn
Way, the $18 million complex boasts a state-of-the-art,
25-metre, six lane pool, a leisure pool and fully accessible
8 a.m., May 16)
indoor pool now open in Avalon
By Fred Sherwin
pool was first identified as a top priority in an east
end facility needs study undertaken in 2001 which among
other things, included a multipurpose arts facility that
would become the Shenkman Arts Centre. Economics and a
need to change sites due to poor soil conditions delayed
construction for years. Based on the final result, it
was well worth the wait.
new pool is both beautiful and fully functional right
down to special ramps which make it wheelchair accessible
for clients with physical disabilities. The facility also
boasts a fitness centre with a full array of the latest
equip.m.ent and television monitors which can be synchronized
with individual listening devices such as ipods/
is also a fitness room with special devices that allow
the hearing impaired to listen to the instructor using
special headphones and two community activity rooms.
facility already has its first tenant in the Ottawa Swim
Club which had to make due with the Ray Friel Recreation
Complex Wave Pool for its programming before the new pool
official grand opening for the Francois Dupuis Recreation
Centre will be held next month. In the meantime local
residents can drop by the facility and register for a
variety of courses and activities including swimming lessons,
specialty swim programs, aquafitness classes, aerobics
classes, pilates, yoga, zumba, senior fitness classes,
children and youth programs, summer camps and fitness
pool is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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