The much anticipated reopening of Henderson Pool made a big splash July 28 when federal, provincial and local dignitaries officially opened the City's new and improved outdoor pool.
This $10.26 million project boasts new waterslides, climbing wall, one meter diving board, drop slide and Rotary spray park and improves accessibility by offering a zero-depth entry pool and accessible change rooms. In addition, mechanical systems and the replacement of circulation equipment will improve water quality and increase efficiency.
This project was funded by the City of Lethbridge with significant funding from the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and support from local community groups.
"The Government of Canada is proud to support the City of Lethbridge's Henderson Pool through the Enabling Accessibility Fund. Our government helps to ensure all Canadians are able to participate equally in their communities and workplace", says the Honourable Carla Qualthrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. "Transforming the Henderson Pool into an accessible outdoor recreation centre will enhance access for people with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to spend time with family, to play and to connect with others within their community."
Henderson Pool is owned by the City of Lethbridge and operated by Recreation Excellence. The facility is open to the public seven days a week from noon to 8 p.m. during the summer months. Admission fees are consistent with other City owned pools.
"Our government is committed to moving our province forward and ensuring municipalities have the resources they need to build stronger, more dynamic communities for Alberta families," says Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs. "We are proud to invest in recreation facilities, such as Henderson Pool, that enhance quality of life and bring members of the community together."
The demolition of Henderson Pool began in the spring of 2014. In March 2015, City Council increased the budget after the original allocation of $6.5 million proved to be insufficient. This change delayed construction by one year.
"I want to thank the community for their patience as we completed this project," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "I'm certain that our citizens will agree, this facility was well worth the wait. I am thrilled that we now have this amazing destination for local families and visitors to enjoy all summer long. "
In celebration of the grand opening, a community-wide contest was held over the last several weeks awarding 2,000 people free admission to the pool during two scheduled public swims to take place this afternoon. The Rotary Club of Lethbridge, which sponsored the facility's spray park, will also provide a free barbeque at the Henderson Horseshoe Pits to the first 1,000 people.
The Government of Alberta contributed close to $6.4 million towards the Henderson Pool project from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI). MSI is the provincial government's key initiative to strengthen the municipal sector and provides significant funding to municipalities for their infrastructure priorities. In addition, the Province provided $605,000 from the Alberta Community Partnerships grant. This project was funded in part by the Government of Canada's Enabling Accessibility Fund in the amount of $50,000, and by the Federal Gas Tax fund in the amount of $400,000. The City of Lethbridge funded $2.5 million of the total cost.
Further information on the Henderson Pool redevelopment project is available at: http://www.lethbridge.ca/hendersonpoolproject.
Tara Grindle, Communications Consultant
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