State-of-the art pool system, upgraded dive towers, improved mechanical
TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Etobicoke Olympium, a major community
aquatics centre in the City of Toronto, is undergoing a $20-million
upgrade in time for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games,
organizers revealed today.
Located in Centennial Park, Etobicoke Olympium will provide much-needed
training space for hundreds of athletes involved in the aquatic
disciplines of swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming,
ahead of competition at the Pan Am Games in July 2015.
The project is jointly funded by the Government of Canada and the City
of Toronto. The facility will close for renovations on July 1, 2013,
and reopen the following summer. The City of Toronto will also re-roof
the Olympium during the Pan Am upgrades.
"The Etobicoke Olympium is a testament to the powerful legacy of sport
facilities in the community," said Ian Troop, Chief Executive Officer
of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee
"For almost 40 years, the Olympium has nurtured community- and
competitive-level swimming and diving programs at the provincial and
national level. We're pleased the Games are providing an opportunity to
breathe new life into this dynamic community facility."
Built in 1975 ahead of the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games, the 14,803
square metre (159,339 square foot) multi-sport facility includes an
Olympic-sized pool, lesson/training pool, four dive towers, two
springboards, gymnasium and fitness centre. It has hosted countless
provincial and national competitions in a number of sports as well as
medal events during the Toronto 1976 Olympiad for the Physically
Disabled, the first Paralympic Games held in Canada.
"As the Host City of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, we're excited to
partner on the extensive upgrades to the Etobicoke Olympium," said
Mayor Rob Ford. "The improvements will bring the Etobicoke Olympium up
to the latest standards and will be a lasting legacy for generations to
A state-of-the-art Myrtha Pools system will be installed and the
facility's existing dive towers will be upgraded to meet current
Fédération International de Natation (FINA) standards.
Much of the work is mechanical and electrical in nature and includes the
replacement of the pool filtration system and the current timing and
scoring booth, a new fire alarm system, as well as heating, ventilation
and air conditioning improvements. A brand-new, more welcoming entry
filled with natural light will also be added to the building.
"Our Government is proud to support the restoration and renovation of
the Etobicoke Olympium for the 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games," said the
Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). "This contribution
will provide the 2015 Pan Am athletes with a world-class aquatics
training facility and will leave a lasting legacy for the Canadian
sport system and the region for years to come."
Ted Opitz, MP for Etobicoke Centre, added: "The Government of Canada is
proud to support the upgrading of this facility, which will serve not
only the athletes competing here in 2015, but the community as a whole.
Through Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada is helping
the Greater Toronto Area develop a reputation as an international
destination for sport tourism by helping to provide funding for
world-class facilities that will benefit our athletes for years to
In September 2012, Infrastructure Ontario awarded the construction and
financing contract for the Etobicoke Olympium to Bondfield Construction
Co. Ltd. through a public tendering process. Bondfield is also
responsible for the Markham Pan Am and Parapan Am Centre and the Pan Am
Field Hockey Centre at the University of Toronto.
The overall project costs for this facility are anticipated to come in
at $20 million, which includes $15 million to build and finance the
project. It is on budget and construction will start in July 2013.
"The upgraded Etobicoke Olympium will be an outstanding facility that
will benefit this community for years to come," said the Honourable
Michael Chan, Minister responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games.
"It will provide a wide range of sport and recreation programming that
encourages people of all ages and abilities to embrace healthy, active
living. The improvements to this sport facility will provide Etobicoke
with exciting opportunities to host international aquatic events long
after the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games."
About the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games
The Pan American and Parapan American Games are one of the world's
largest international multi-sport events, held every four years for
athletes of the 41 member nations of the Pan American Sports
Organization (PASO) and 26 member nations of the Americas Paralympic
Committee (APC). The Pan American Games are comprised of all Olympic
Summer Games sports, as well as traditional Pan American sports, while
the Parapan American Games are comprised of the majority of Paralympic
Summer Games sports. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American
Games will draw more than 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials
and feature 51 sports in municipalities across the Greater Golden
Horseshoe area. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place
July 10−26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14. For more
information about the Games, please visit toronto2015.org.
SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
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