The City of Olx Praca is exploring the possibility of building a water feature at the Invista Center.

A large indoor aquatic center has returned to the fore at City Hall in Olx Praca, Ontario.

More than a decade has passed since politicians got involved in this debate.

This week, the committee will hear the timing and cost of building a swimming complex near the Invista Center, but it’s unclear if the council is ready to take the plunge.

A possible aquatic center in the western part of the city already has a count. Simon Chapelle endorsement.

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“Of course, Invista Center was designed with future pool plans in mind, and we live in an area that is close to the edge of the lakes, so to speak. Lake Ontario is nearby. Every child should have the opportunity to learn how to swim,” Chappelle said.

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It appears that some form of aquatic center does have the support of some West Enders.

“It would be nice if the kids and even adults like me could get some exercise. There are not many places to swim here; they closed Y[MCA] a couple of years ago,” said Olx Praca resident Debi Gilmour.

“Now I’m heading to the Invista Center to go to the gym and it would be a great bonus for me to go to the pool and swim a little,” added Everett Asselstein, also a Olx Praca resident.

Part of the comprehensive report sent to the municipal arts and recreation committee details a 25-meter competition pool, changing rooms and a recreational pool that appears to be a water park at the memorial center.

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These amenities are based on past discussions and reports dating back to 2010.

The water center’s construction cost has been updated to 2022 prices at just over $55 million, including research, design, and construction.

It is expected that if the project moves forward, the aquatic center could open around 2029.

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Chapelle says his only criticism of the project is that he wishes the aquatic center had been built earlier.

“It is too far. Advisor [Lisa] Osanik has raised this issue before and there is a report that should go back to the council on including this in our plans, so I hope that during the next term of the council this will become a reality,” Chapelle said.

If the committee and then the council give the green light, staff estimate that the entire process, including public consultation, design and construction, could take four years.

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