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Construction Begins on Two New Indoor Pool Complexes

concept illustration of art installation at Grandview Aquatic Centre

September 11, 2012

Surrey – The City of Surrey is beginning construction on the new Grandview Heights and Guildford pools in order to meet the growing aquatic recreation, exercise and sport needs of the community.

“Through the Build Surrey program we are building new recreation facilities in each of our town centres to ensure our residents have access to world-class sporting opportunities,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “The new pools will allow us to expand aquatic programming and host major swimming and diving competitions.”

The Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre includes a 10-lane, 50-metre Olympic-sized pool, Olympic-calibre diving towers, a leisure pool with a waterslide, lazy river and spray features, as well as a hot tub, children’s area, fitness and weight room facilities, and other features. The facility will also include an outdoor iconic public art component featuring oversized chrome sculptures.

The Guildford pool will include an 8-lane, 50-metre Olympic-sized pool, springboard diving, a leisure pool with a waterslide, lazy river and spray features, as well as a hot tub, children’s area, fitness and weight room facilities, and additional features.

“The City underwent a comprehensive community consultation process with residents and the sporting groups who will be using the centres, so we were able to incorporate their ideas and priorities into the design and function of the pools,” says Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the Parks, Recreation, and Sport Tourism Committee.

A second phase of the Grandview facility would incorporate an additional 25-metre warm up pool to meet the needs of a large international swim competition. In the meantime, the possibility exists to build a temporary 50-metre competition pool in the parking area to accommodate international competitions.

The Grandview pool will be located at 168th street and 24th avenue, and the Guildford pool will be an addition to the Guildford Recreation Centre. Both projects are expected to be completed in fall 2014.

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