Ottawa has many sports facilities across the City. However, many of them need significant repairs or are too old and no longer meet the modern needs for sports play, practice, and hosting competitions. We heard from our local athletes and sports community the need for a new aquatic facility, which would include, at minimum, both
a 50-metre swimming pool (Olympic-size) and a 25-metre training pool. Such a facility would better support our local swimming clubs and host competitions at all levels.
The only 50-metre pool that the City operates is at the Nepean Sportsplex, which is more than 40 years old. Given the ageing infrastructure and lack of adequate standards, we are often overlooked by organizations who would be interested in hosting competitions in our nation’s capital. Similarly, the University of Ottawa and Carleton University each have 50-metre pools; they
are both lacking in meeting the needs of modern training and competition standards and are at their end of life. Earlier this month, the City took an essential first step in finding a partner willing to build and support such a facility.
As demonstrated in recent Olympic summer games, Canadian athletes brought home many medals in the swimming category, and aquatic sports are becoming increasingly popular. As such, we need to make sure we have the proper facilities to suppor tour local athletes.