Aquatic centre renos make splash with users

Swim meets, like this competitive high school meet, are back on at the Eleanor Misener Aquatic Centre after the centre re-opened last month. Pool users are praising improvements to air quality and noise levels at the centre.

Swim meets, like this competitive high school meet, are back on at the Eleanor Misener Aquatic Centre after the centre re-opened last month. Pool users are praising improvements to air quality and noise levels at the centre.

Everything seems to be going swimmingly at the Eleanor Misener Aquatic Centre.

Since the centre re-opened last month after extensive renovations, swimmers are diving back into programming, including lessons and competitive meets.

Despite only running a partial roster of programming this fall, Karen McAllister-Kenny said enrolment is solid, which means people are keen to return to Brock, despite spending months swimming elsewhere.

“They’re just happy to be back in the pool,” she said.

Swimmers are also noticing some differences in their favourite pool, even though most of the renovations can’t be seen.

Users are praising the improved air quality, and those with respiratory issues are commenting on how much more comfortable they are when at the centre.

Brighter, more energy efficient lighting also hasn’t gone unnoticed by some swimmers who are in favour the better lit digs.

Others have noticed how much quieter the centre is, thanks to the replacement of outdated equipment that once hummed noisily.

The aquatic centre closed in April for $3.124 million in renovations, which include new air handlers and dehumidification, fabric ducts, three new boilers, energy efficient lighting, pumps and fans, electrical work, a new roof membrane, pool repairs and new acoustic insulation.

The centre re-opened Oct. 18 and swimming lessons resumed at the beginning of November.

In addition to being a place for people to perfect their front crawl, students have returned to play innertube waterpolo and underwater hockey. The Brock varsity team are back to practising and competing at the centre, local youth swim clubs are using the pool for meets.

Schools are also signing up for the Lifesaving Society’s Swim to Survive program for classes this winter.

For those who have yet to take a dip, online registration for a full roster of winter aquatic programming opens Monday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.

For information about programming, visit the aquatic centre online.

Posted on November 27, 2013

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