Brand new aquatic centre coming to Kitchener

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Construction of a new aquatic centre at RBJ Schlegel Park will bring greater access to recreational facilities for the community of Kitchener, Ont., by way of a multi-level government investment announced today.

Plans include an eight-lane, 25-meter long pool with a removable floor and ramp access, bleacher seating, community use multi-purpose rooms, public washrooms, and food and beverage services.

Canada is investing more than $9.7 million through the community, culture and recreation infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada plan. Ontario is providing more than $8.1 million, while the City of Kitchener is contributing more than $6.5 million.

Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic said the population in southwest Kitchener is expected to double by 2041. “Today’s funding announcement will support the residents and visitors of this growing community with additional recreational facilities for many years to come,” he said.

Catherine McKenna, federal minister of infrastructure and communities, touted Canada’s plan to invest in thousands of projects across the country, for cleaner, more inclusive communities.

“Access to modern, sustainable recreational facilities is an important part of communities where people want to live, work and raise their families,” she said. “As a swimmer and lover of aquatic sports, I’m excited to see this project get underway.”

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