Diving into a new outdoor pool in Vanier (Perspectives Vanier, May 2021)

Significant upgrades for Genest Outdoor Pool is just the type of big splash this community pool needed.  

Located at Optimiste Park, the pool will receive a complete overhaul.  

The joint funding project from the Federal Government and the City of Ottawa, the $5M budget for upgrades to our community pool includes the development of a new City-standard, 6-lane, 25-meter outdoor pool, installing a new pool deck, and creating accessible changerooms, pathways, and pool entrances. 

The project involves modernizing the pool to improve accessibility and provide a safer and more enjoyable swimming experience.  

Work is intended to begin in 2023. The plan is only to lose one season of pool use. Once construction begins the focus will be on the demolition of the old pool and change building, the construction of the new pool basin and the exterior shell of the new change building will be complete before the winter. 

Work will then move indoors to finish up the change building, with the final touches on the pool planned for June 2024.  

A popular stop in the community during the warm months, I am pleased overall we will only lose one season for this important outdoor pool modernisation project, and at the end of the day, we will have a fantastic new pool and facility to enjoy for years to come. Stay tuned for consultation late in 2021. 

Riverain Park Renewal Update: 

The first phase of the project is currently underway with improvements to the basketball court, tennis courts, horse shoe pit, fenced dog park, splash pad, lighting and park furniture.  This phase is aimed for completion by fall of 2021.  The second phase of construction will begin this fall and will include, a dock, winterisation of the washroom building, a new skatepark and public art.  We will share with you the revised plans in June, as their design is currently being completed. 

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