Aquatic Centre Wins Parks and Recreation Award
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Aquatic Centre Wins Parks and Recreation Award

The Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre (WIATC) Presented by WFCU Credit Union has picked up another honour. WIATC is the winner of the Parks and Recreation of Ontario (PRO) Award of Excellence for Aquatics Facility Design.

“It was an honour to accept this award on behalf of the City of Windsor’s Recreation and Culture Department,” says Jen Knights, Manager of WIATC and Adventure Bay. “To be recognized by our peers is humbling, and this award is a result of innovation and creativity, along with the hard work by our staff team and the investment made by the City. This award is for them.”

The design owed a great deal to the valuable input received from the public and partnering organisations as well. “It was a truly collaborative effort," says Corporate Leader of Parks, Recreation, Culture and Facilities Jan Wilson. "From departments across the corporation—beyond Rec and Culture—and our community's great aquatics and sports groups to our valued customer themselves, we received excellent ideas and feedback throughout the process. As a result, we have a first class facility that is multi-functional and appeals to both families and competitive athletes of all ages.”

The award for Aquatics Facility Design recognizes completed projects that demonstrate excellence in the design intended for public use. WIATC received the award at the PRO Aquatics Conference and Trade Show last week.

WIATC’s submission for the award received letters of support from the Windsor Aquatic Club, Special Olympics, the Windsor Diving Club, and the Aylmer Arrows Swim Club. In its letter, the Windsor Aquatic Club notes that, since the opening of the WIATC it has hosted dozens of meets, and “we secured the bid for the World FINA Swimming Championships and put Windsor on the map as a premier sporting town.” LaSalle Windsor Special Olympics’ letter commends WIATC for designing a facility “that allows for the training and preparations of our athletes to compete at elite levels of competition.”

The Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre is a one-of-a-kind facility. It boasts a 71-metre pool with a dive tower complex, three-level indoor dry play place, fitness centre, community meeting rooms, and Adventure Bay, a 35,000-square-foot indoor water park. More than 325,000 people visit WIATC and Adventure Bay yearly.

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