Excitement Builds as East Hants Aquatic Centre Takes Shape

February 2019 Update

The East Hants Aquatic Centre structure is beginning to take shape in Elmsdale. It is expected that by the end of February, the structural steel and roof will be complete. The next phase of the project involves enclosing the building, beginning work on the natatorium tanks, and the mechanical/plumbing work. The project schedule has been affected by the weather, but once enclosed it is expected some of the delays can be made up.

Construction of the East Hants Aquatic Centre is led by Bird Construction. The Municipality worked with an integrated design team led by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) in association with TEAL Architects+Planners to finalize the components to be included in the aquatic centre, as well as the design of the interior and exterior of the facility.

The following items are included in the design of the aquatic centre:

  • Six-lane, 25-metre lap pool
  • Leisure pool with spray features and ramp access
  • A lazy river resistance moving-water pool
  • Fully accessible hot pool with a capacity of 19 people
  • Waterslide
  • Climbing wall in the pool
  • Women’s and men’s change rooms
  • Family / universal change room
  • Diving Board
  • Outdoor splash park
  • Reception, administration, lifeguards area, staff and building support spaces
  • Multi-purpose room capable of holding up to 50 people
  • Kitchenette adjacent to the multi-purpose room
  • Public lobby and a pool viewing area
  • Pool and building mechanical rooms
  • Additional parking for up to 40 cars joining into existing parking at the Lloyd E. Matheson Centre

The aquatic centre will host a variety of aquatic and non-aquatic programs and be a hub for the community, all contributing to the health and wellness, social and physical well-being of residents of East Hants. Its close proximity to the Lloyd E. Matheson Centre aligns well with local programming offered by the Municipality, the Colchester-East Hants Public Library and Nova Scotia Public Health.

One of the largest infrastructure builds in East Hants history, the East Hants Aquatic Centre will cost $19 million with the Government of Canada contributing $5.8 million and the Municipality of East Hants providing $13.2 million.

The Municipality is focused on developing facilities, active transportation routes, and green spaces that meet the recreation requirements of its growing community. The East Hants Aquatic Centre is designed so that toddlers, children, seniors and people of all ages and abilities can enjoy it.

Check out the Construction Cam to see the live progress of the build.

Outdoor rendering
Indoor rendering
Site Plan

Published February 12, 2019