PHOTOS: Guildford makes a splash with $47.3M pool upgrade

The new aquatic facility at Guildford Recreation Centre was officially opened on Saturday, May 30.

Photos from the event are posted above (scroll through images).

With training areas for swimming, water polo and other aquatic sports, as well as the capacity to host competitive swimming events, the 75,000-square-foot Guildford Aquatic Centre expansion features an eight-lane, 50-metre, FINA-certified, Olympic-size main pool, and a leisure pool equipped with spray features, a lazy river and waterslide.

“Investing in our city’s recreational facilities is a vital component of our ability to build healthy communities and maintain a high quality of life for our citizens,” stated Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner.

“We are committed to delivering outstanding recreation services that meet both the diverse range of activity levels and needs of our growing population.”

Offering therapeutic space, plus a family-friendly hot tub, steam room, dry sauna and 300-seat spectator area, the $47.3 million upgrade also includes a 2,600-square-foot fitness centre expansion, redesigned lobby space, the addition of a two-level parkade, completion of a youth park and the installation of "Splash," a new piece of public art by Michael Krondl.

“The calibre of recreational facilities throughout the City of Surrey plays an important role in our ability to attract valuable sport tourism opportunities — an area that continues to offer significant economic growth potential in the coming years,” said Coun. Bruce Hayne, chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee.

“We are thrilled to open this state-of-the-art facility in our growing community, and look forward to welcoming residents and visitors alike.”

Guildford Aquatic Centre is located within Guildford Recreation Centre, at 15105 105th Ave., Surrey.

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