The Kiwanis Aquatics Centre and Grantham branch of the St. Catharines Public Library, to be constructed at Lester B. Pearson Park at Carlton Street and Niagara Street, is the first municipal facility in the City to follow the Canada Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and will meet a minimum of LEED Silver certification. The centre will be approximately 48,000 square feet with 7,000 square feet allocated to the library.
The total anticipated budget for this project is $19.57 million. The Government of Ontario has contributed $4.5 million under the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative (MIII).
The City is working with the architectural firm Shore, Tilbe, Perkins and Will and the general contractor Bondfield Construction Company, Ltd. to complete the Kiwanis Aquatic Centre and Grantham branch of the St. Catharines Public Library.
The aquatics centre will feature a double pool design to accommodate the needs of aquatics participants of all ages and abilities. A 25-metre, eight-lane, rectangular lap pool with ramp entry and built-in poolside bleachers will accommodate lane swimming, recreational swimming and lessons for intermediate to advanced swimmers.
An irregular-shaped leisure pool with spray features and a small child slide will be set to warmer temperatures and accommodate the needs of senior citizens, children and family recreational activity, therapeutic classes and lessons for children and infants.
The facility will also contain the following components:
The design of the Kiwanis Aquatic Centre and Library is complete and construction began on June 10, 2010.