Opening Ceremony Held for New Aquatic Centre in East Hants

Elmsdale, NS – September 18, 2020 – The East Hants Aquatic Centre was officially opened today at a ceremony in Elmsdale.

The ceremony featured MP Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants on behalf of The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Warden Jim Smith of the Municipality of East Hants. East Hants Council, staff and other stakeholders were also in attendance.

“Since 2015, our government has been focused on investing in key infrastructure across the Country, and I am very pleased to see those investments resulting in facilities like the new Aquatic Centre for East Hants, which will be a tremendous asset to our Communities,” said Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

“We are excited to finally officially mark the opening of the aquatic centre,” said Jim Smith, warden of the Municipality of East Hants. “The aquatic centre is something that our council is very proud of and the fact that it is within the original budget set is very important to us and the residents of East Hants.”

The aquatic centre was designed by an integrated design team led by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects in association with TEAL Architects+Planners. Bird Construction led the construction of a facility that is a leader in accessibility, quality and energy efficiency.

This project represents one of the largest infrastructure builds in the history of East Hants, with a total budget of $19 million. The Government of Canada contributed $5.8 million with the Municipality of East Hants providing $13.2 million.

The Municipality of East Hants is focused on developing facilities, active transportation routes, and green spaces that meet the recreation requirements of its growing community. The governments of Canada and East Hants invested in the new aquatic centre that features a six-lane, 25-metre lap pool, an accessible leisure spray pool, a lazy river, outdoor splash park, slide, climbing wall, hot tub and a community room. The centre features aquatic and recreation programming and serves as a community hub for residents and visitors.

The aquatic centre is designed so that toddlers, children, seniors and people of all ages and abilities can enjoy it. It will host a variety of aquatic and non-aquatic programs and be a hub for the community, all contributing to the social, physical and community well-being of residents of East Hants.

Aquatic Centre Details

The following items are included in 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 tub with a capacity of 19 people
  • Waterslide
  • Climbing wall in the lap pool
  • Women’s and men’s change rooms
  • Universal change room
  • Diving board
  • Reception, administration, lifeguard area, staff and building support spaces
  • Community room capable of holding up to 50 people
  • Kitchenette adjacent to the multi-purpose room
  • Public lobby and a pool viewing area
  • Outdoor splash park

Media Contacts

Jody MacArthur, Communications Officer
Municipality of East Hants
902-883-7098 ext. 219

Chantalle Aubertin, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities


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