Canada Games Complex Unveils Revamped Facilities and Environmental Initiatives

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Canada Games Complex was that site for the swim camp

THUNDER BAY – The Canada Games Complex is set to reopen its doors to the public on October 18, following an extensive four-and-a-half-month closure dedicated to renovations and upgrades.

The temporary closure, initiated in early June, was strategically planned to enhance energy efficiency and ensure accessibility for all visitors. Noteworthy enhancements made during this period include revamped change rooms, upgraded showers, the addition of a universal barrier-free change room, and the installation of new accessible washrooms to cater to the diverse needs of patrons.

Among the significant improvements, the facility boasts a state-of-the-art boiler system, alongside upgraded heating and cooling controls. Notably, the north wall of the pool underwent a complete reconstruction, complemented by essential upgrades in the pool basin and pump system.

This ambitious initiative not only enhances visitor experience but also contributes significantly to environmental sustainability. The upgrades, including the installation of a new boiler system and efficient heating and cooling controls, are poised to reduce the Canada Games Complex’s carbon footprint by an impressive 276 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually. Moreover, these eco-conscious efforts will translate into substantial savings, amounting to $128,000, in utility costs.

Kelvin Jankowski, Supervisor – Capital Facilities Construction, expressed his satisfaction with the project’s timely completion, stating, “This project was executed with minimal deviations from the original schedule and within the allocated budget. Users of the Complex can anticipate revitalized change rooms and upgraded facilities, ensuring a top-notch experience for everyone.”

Financially, the project received substantial support from external sources, with 80% of the funding secured from entities such as the federal Green and Inclusive Community Building Fund. The overall cost of this transformative endeavour amounted to $3 million, a testament to the community’s commitment to fostering accessible and environmentally conscious recreational spaces.

Excitement fills the air as the Canada Games Complex prepares to welcome the public once again, starting at 5:45 a.m. on October 18, resuming its regular operating hours. To further engage the community, comprehensive details about fall programming will be unveiled today. Additionally, swimming enthusiasts can mark their calendars for Tuesday, October 11, at 8:30 a.m., when registrations for swimming lessons will officially commence.

For further information and updates, please visit www.thunderbay.ca/cgc, and stay tuned for an enhanced, eco-friendly experience at the heart of Thunder Bay’s recreational offerings.

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