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What do you think about the new designs?

25 days ago

Referencing the design renderings found in the document library, what are your thoughts on the overall design of the expanded facility?  Do you find it to be a safe, welcoming and inclusive space?

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  • ajakowpa 18 days ago
    I think the proposed plan has several positives, but, as a frequent user of the pool and the track, I do have some concerns:1. While the change room redesign makes sense to me (I've never seen the current men's change room anywhere near capacity), I don't believe the plans have done anything to address security. I have had my locker broken into twice in the past 4 years, even with the precautions that have been taken by forcing swimmers to enter the change room using the pool deck in the morning. I'm not claiming that I have a better suggestion, but, I would at least like to see that some thought was put into considering how to make the change rooms more secure.2. In my experience, public swims at City of Waterloo pools are much better run than the equivalent swims at City of Kitchener pools, but, the configuration of the swimplex pool is a bit of a joke. If I use a Kitchener pool, I can typically find a standard length (25m or 25yd) pool, however, at the Swimplex, the choices are both fairly non-standard (20m or 24yd). Morning lane swims are also crowded on a normal day, but, on days when 1/4 of the pool is reserved by a swim team or 1/2 of the pool is reserved by a combination of a swim team and swimming lessons, it makes training extremely difficult. I understand that there really isn't any way to improve the pool at the existing facility, however, I feel that for a $25M price tag, some consideration must be given to putting that money towards building a new aquatics facility to support the demand. I don't think its right that the city relies on a non-public facility (the YMCA) to provide facilities for their citizens. It has always boggled my mind that the City of Kitchener has 4 indoor pools while Waterloo only has one.3. From the drawings, I cannot tell if the change rooms in the exercise studio/walking track area are also intended to be for used for the existing track. Based on the drawings, it also does not appear that they have showers. I have only used the change rooms attached to the existing track once (I can't tell if they are still there in the new design). My impression was that they were dark and very much out of the way. I felt that they were much less secure than the swimming change rooms, which, as I mentioned above, are not very secure. Again, I would like to see the current plan show some consideration towards security. I also find it surprising that these new change rooms do not seem to include showers. Ideally, I would be able to use the track in the morning, have a shower and head straight to work. Based on the current policy where you're not allowed into the swimming change room without paying to swim, these plans do not seem provide runners with a place to shower.4. I'm slightly concerned that with the new track, people like me who use the track for training, but, are not affiliated with a club, may be left somewhere in limbo. I guess I'm afraid that over time this will make it become more difficult for the public to access the track.As I mentioned, I see a lot of positive things in the plan, and, I hope that doesn't get lost in the fact that I also have the concerns I listed above. This is a large project, and I totally understand that it will be impossible to 100% satisfy everyone.
  • Koddson 20 days ago
    Yes. A lot of work and thought has gone into the designs. It looks like a wonderful additional community space for Waterloo.
  • Judith 22 days ago
    The designs renderings look really good. Just a question, will the current walking track around the rink continue to be accessible?