Behind the Scenes of the Orillia Recreation Centre

Behind the Scenes of the Orillia Recreation Centre


Hey City of Orillia, my name’s Megan Visser and I’m the recreation program supervisor here. Over the next coming months we’re gonna take you guys on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Orillia Recreation Center It’s a once-in-a-lifetime construction project here at the city of Orillia. First, we’re gonna take a look at the Aquatic Center. So, come on, follow me. So we’re here at the lap pool. First thing you need to know about this pool is that it’s an 8 lane 25 meter pool. So it’s huge. There’s lots of unique features in this pool. First thing is we have two diving boards one is 3 meters and one is 1 meter. It’s gonna be right mounted at the end of this pool. Another really neat feature is the Tarzan rope, so you can actually grab onto the Tarzan rope and actually run and swing off the deck and jump into the pool. And parents, let me tell you, this is not just for kids, so you can give it a go as well. Another fantastic feature in this pool is the rock wall So it’s mounted right on the side right over here and you can climb up the rock wall and jump straight into the pool from the rock wall, which is just so cool and so unique and I can’t wait to try myself. Another really unique feature about this pool is that it has a moveable floor. So it can go from zero meters in depth all the way down to 3.5 meters in depth, making the pool like an entire deep end. This is pool floor is supplied by a company in Germany and something that you may not know is that they fly in in November to start installation. So as you can see our first leak test is underway They have to do it really slow to prevent any stress or cracking on the concrete floor. They fill it one inch every hour and it takes about six days to complete. So then the water will sit in this pool and once they’re done, they’ll move this water over into the leisure pool. And Megan did you realize it takes over 2 million litres of water to fill this pool – enough to sustain 28 elephants for a whole year? Thanks. Mr. Mayor. So now we’re gonna head up to view the leisure pool, but we got to go upstairs, so come on guys. Okay, so now we’re overlooking the leisure pool and the therapy pool. We’ll start with the leisure pool It has a ton of cool and fun attractions. First you can see it a has a lazy river so you can actually sit on a floaty or tube and cruise through that lazy river all you want. There’s also going to be a lot of spray features for the kids and there’s actually beach entry. So that’s like a gradual big stairs entry and that’s really great for swimming lessons, swim for life, classes and it’s just a really good tool for teaching your child how to swim. Attached to the leisure pool on the far end over here, we have warm-up lanes So if you’re feeling like the lap pool is a little too cool for you, it’s a little cold you can actually jump in here, warm up for your swim and then jump on over and do some laps in the laps in the lap pool. Right here we have the therapy pool. So this pool has an accessible ramp (Actually all our pools have accessible ramps) and just lots of jets so it’s really good for therapy or rehab or just if you want to, you know, be in a bit of a warmer pool. It’s about six degrees more than the Leisure Pool. So 96 degrees is the temperature for that. As you can see we had lots of seating. Here, upstairs is about 220 people and then we have 180 people who can view on the deck so you can actually be on the deck and see your kids learning how to swim, which is really neat. So as you can see the Aquatic Center is an incredible place for people of all ages. From the natural light pouring into the beautiful theater ceilings and accessible washrooms. This is going to be a great place for the entire family There’s also no shortage of opportunities to view the Aquatic Center from within the building. You can do it from the upper deck seating the on deck viewing or even from the walking track and the beautiful glass hallways leading into the center. So that’s it for our first behind-the-scenes tour of the Orillia Recreation Center. Make sure to follow the City of Orillia and the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department on social media for more behind-the-scenes videos and upcoming contests as we head into the final lap of this project.

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