Beginning June 21, swimmers can enjoy the new facilities at Montreal’s Rosemont Aquatic Complex.
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The mayor of the municipality of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, François Limoges, will officially launch the activities of this much-anticipated new water complex on Tuesday.
Since the closure of the Rosemont swimming pool in 2019 and that of Père-Marquette last year, the Saint-Denis pool has been the only indoor swimming pool in the municipality.
Construction of the Rosemont Aquatic Complex began in late 2019. The new three-story building, a $39.3 million investment, was constructed on a vacant lot adjacent to the former Rosemont Swimming Pool.
The project’s delivery, scheduled for 2020 and then fall 2021, was delayed due to the resumption of the tender contract, which had been found non-compliant by the Office of the Inspector General, then the pandemic and other factors which the district office said is currently under investigation The press.
A complex for everyone
The Aquatic Complex has 11 lanes with a length of 25 meters divided into 2 pools – a large pool for hosting regional competitions and a small acclimatization pool. Its capacity is 400 people.
“The two pools allow us to be more independent and offer a more extensive program of free activities and swimming lessons,” explains Vincent Beauchemin-Michon, manager of the district’s sports and leisure facilities.
Despite recruitment difficulties in filling lifeguard positions, the complex will be able to offer approximately 75 hours of free swimming per week.
The very bright place has a universal cloakroom with 20 cabins, some of which have showers, and 400 lockers. Nudity is forbidden there. On the second floor there are tiers, rest areas and two multifunctional rooms.
The needs of customers with reduced mobility have been taken into account. In addition to adapted cabins and lockers, the main pool offers an access ramp and a progressive beach is located to the side of the small pool. Wheelchairs specially designed for the water are also available on site.
lack of monitors
The district has commissioned the R2P Swimming Club to create all water recreation activities. The latter will also use the facilities for his competitive swimming and synchronized swimming sections. For diving, you will have to wait for the reopening of the Père Marquette swimming pool, scheduled for autumn 2022.
However, the club will not be able to offer its leisure courses immediately, regrets its director Émilie Texier. “There is a real need in Rosemont, but we have a serious labor shortage to address. I hope to be able to offer some courses this summer, but nothing is guaranteed. Autumn is our great challenge. There has been no swimming lessons for children in the municipality for two years. Well, that worries me a lot. »
Finally, thanks to the purchase of hydrorider bikes by the municipality, the club will offer swimming courses – from infants to seniors – or, for example, aquafitness or spinning courses in the water.
House of Culture: still under discussion
The Rosemont Center was designed to bring together the existing library, new water complex, and a cultural center at the former Rosemont Swimming Pool. The three buildings will communicate with each other through a common entrance hall. The important works necessary for the realization of the cultural center have not yet started. The county says it is in discussions with the various levels of government on the issue.
The district is targeting LEED Gold certification for this project, thanks in particular to a geothermal chamber fed by wells installed near Rosemont Boulevard and an aeration system that facilitates the elimination of airborne chlorine particles.
Designed by architect Jean-Julien Perreault and inaugurated in 1951, the Rosemont Civic Center, the first of its kind in Montreal, brought together the library, the old swimming pool and a municipal health center and offered Art Deco elements in its composition.
To keep this heritage alive, the new complex was built with the same exterior bricks. Certain architectural details have been revised and integrated into the design, such as the herringbone pattern of the brise-soleil, reminiscent of the library windows, or the glass block wall in the large multifunctional room, reminiscent of the one who found himself in the swimming pool.