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City of Kingston Considering Construction of Aquatic Facility at Invista Center – Kingston

A large indoor aquatic center is back in the spotlight at City Hall in Kingston, Ontario.

It has been more than a decade since politicians got into this debate.

This week a committee will hear a timetable and price to build a swimming facility next to the Invista Centre, but it is unclear if the council is ready to take the plunge.

The possible aquatic center in the west of the city already has Coun. Approval of Simon Chapelle.

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“Certainly the Invista Center was designed with future plans for a swimming pool in mind and we live in an area close to lake country, so to speak. Lake Ontario is nearby. Every child should have the opportunity to learn to swim,” Chappelle said.

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It seems that some form of aquatic center has the support of some western residents.

“It would be good for kids and even adults like me to exercise. There’s not much here for swimming; they closed the Y[MCA] a few years ago,” said Kingston resident Debi Gilmour.

“I’m going over there to the Invista Center right now to hit the gym and it would be a great bonus for me to go to the pool and swim a bit too,” added Everett Asselsteine, also a resident of Kingston.

Part of a comprehensive report sent to the city’s arts and recreation committee details a 25-metre competition pool, changing rooms and a leisure pool that resembles the memorial center’s water park.

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These amenities are based on previous discussions and reports dating back to 2010.

The cost to build an aquatic center has been updated to 2022 prices and is just over $55 million, including studies, design and construction.

If the project goes ahead, it is expected that the aquatic center could open around 2029.

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Chapelle says his only criticism of the project is that he would like to see the aquatic center built sooner.

” It is too far. Advise [Lisa] Osanic has already raised this issue and there is a report to present to the board to move this forward in our plans, so hopefully this will become a reality during the next term of the board,” Chapelle said.

If the go-ahead is given by committee and then council, staff estimate the entire process, including public consultation, design and construction, could take four years.

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