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Pool improvements and new splash pad on the way for Tillsonburg Community Centre

Posted on Wednesday July 07, 2021

A new pool deck, barrier-free changerooms and outdoor splash pad are just some of the improvements coming to the Tillsonburg Community Centre following a major funding announcement yesterday.

Some 35 communities across Ontario—including Tillsonburg—will share more than $35 million in new federal and provincial infrastructure funding.

“The Town of Tillsonburg is pleased to partner with the Federal and Provincial governments to renovate and improve our aquatics facilities for the next generation,” says Mayor Stephen Molnar.

The full scope of work totals nearly $5 million in recreational infrastructure improvements including upgrades to the pool roof, lighting, health club and sauna. Gender-neutral change room facilities will be added, as well as a ramp to help those with mobility challenges enter the water safely. Meanwhile, a splash pad outside the Lake Lisgar waterpark will provide children with new opportunities for outdoor water-based play.

“I’m pleased to see investments being made to help revitalize important cultural and recreational infrastructure in Oxford,” says Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford. “These are facilities that are vital to maintaining healthy lifestyles and enjoying social and recreational programs.”

For its part, the Town of Tillsonburg will contribute $1.3 million toward the work, while the federal and provincial governments will contribute $2 million and $1.7 million respectively.

“Our recently updated Community Strategic Plan identifies lifestyle and amenities as a strategic priority,” says Tillsonburg CAO Kyle Pratt. “The vision is for Tillsonburg to be a vibrant, engaged community, built on partnerships, that offers a high quality of life for everyone. This announcement brings us closer to achieving that objective.”

“Many of these upgrades have been on our radar for a long time, but we knew we couldn’t do them alone,” says Chris Baird, director of the recreation, culture and parks department. “I’m pleased we’re going to be able to work together and get them done.”

“I want to thank all the people involved in putting this application together, and making this project become a reality,” says Molnar. “I want to recognize the Federal Minister of Infrastructure Catherine McKenna and her Provincial counterpart Kinga Surma, as well as former Provincial Minister Laurie Scott and Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman for their tireless efforts.”

Council has authorized staff to enter into an Agreement with a+LiNK Architecture Inc. (London, Ontario) to act as architect and project manager.

“We’re excited about the future,” adds Baird. “The community centre is a beloved asset in Tillsonburg, and this work will ensure it remains so for years to come.”