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Sunday, 3 August 2014


In the beginning…

It’s been over 2 years since the opening of St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre and its 7,000 square foot branch of the St.Catharines Public Library.

Located at Lester B. Pearson Park at the corner of Niagara and Carlton streets, the original opening date for the recreational facility was set for December 2011, then the Spring of 2012 but actually didn’t open until July 3, 2012.

Main Library Entrance
The library that is included, the Dr. Huq Family Library Branch, is one of four branches located throughout the city of St. Catharines.

It has turned Pearson Park, (which already had a playground with splash pad, picnic pavilion, two lighted soccer fields and two lighted tennis courts), into the new hub for recreational activities for everyone in and around the community.

Its architectural design is from Shore Tilbe Perkins and Will, and emphasizes sustainability, while the contractor was from Bondfield Construction Company Ltd., which, by the way, were the same general contractors for the Carlisle St. Parking Garage in downtown St. Catharines.

Cost to build such a facility was around $20.1 million, but the Kiwanis Club contributed $500,000 for naming rights which brought the cost down to $19.6 million. The provincial government had also contributed $4.5 million through the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative.

Features of the Aquatic Centre:

The St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre features a double pool which can accommodate the needs of aquatic participants of all ages and abilities.

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A 25 metre, eight lane, rectangular lap pool with ramp entry, and built-in poolside bleachers will accommodate lane swimming, recreational swimming and lessons for intermediate to advanced swimmers.

While an irregular-shaped leisure pool with spray features and water temperatured to 90 degrees F accommodates the needs of older adults, children and family recreational activity, therapeutic classes and lessons for adults, children and infants.

According to Bondfield Construction, a double pool design offers significant advantages: the separation between tanks creates back up in the event of pool fouling or system failures; allows for separate temperature controls to accommodate recreational and novice swimmers as well as intermediate and competitive swimmers; and, nearly doubles opportunities for rentals and programming by creating clearly defined aquatic spaces tailored to different user groups.

Also included at this centre are male, female, and family change rooms, free Wi-Fi and the Silver certification under the Leadership in Energy and Envrionmental Design (LEED) rating system.

Fall and Winter 2014 Schedule
(View the PDF below for Fall and Winter schedules at the Centre. Wait for it to load...)

Library Hours:

 10 am – 8 pm
 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday Hours start
Sunday, October 6th, 2013:
1:30 – 5:00 pm
Oct. 6- Dec. 8, 2013
Jan. 5 – May 4, 2014
(Closed Easter Sunday)

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In 2014...

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