Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre Reopens September 8

Release date: 
August 25, 2017

Kamloops, BC – The City of Kamloops is excited to announce the reopening of the Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre. From 2:00 to 8:00 pm on September 8, 2017, residents are invited to access the facility for free and enjoy the pool, use the hot tub, or work out in the fitness centre.

“The new structure is specifically engineered to withstand the unique conditions of a pool environment,” says Matt Kachel, Capital Projects Supervisor for the City of Kamloops.

The new natatorium surrounding the pool features large windows and high ceilings, providing more openness and natural light. The other areas of the facility have also been refreshed, with some new equipment in the fitness centre, a renovated lobby, and cosmetic updates throughout. In addition, Westsyde Pool will soon feature Canada’s first AquaClimb KURVE aquatic climbing wall, as well as a zip swing. Both pieces of equipment will be installed in September.

“We wanted to give Westsyde Pool something unique and make it a destination for residents throughout Kamloops,” says Kachel. “At six metres high, this will be the tallest climbing wall this company has built anywhere in the world.”

The programming and hours of the facility have been adjusted in response to the feedback received through last summer’s user survey. The survey was launched to gather information on how this facility could better serve the Westsyde neighbourhood and surrounding community. Over 400 responses were received to questions around past and future usage.

“We appreciate that this facility is an important piece of the Westsyde community that has been missed,” says Barbara Berger, Recreation, Social Development, and Culture Manager for the City of Kamloops. “We encourage residents to come check out the changes and join us at the grand opening celebration later this month.”

A grand opening event will be scheduled once the new climbing wall and zip swing are installed and phase one is complete, expected later in September. More details on the grand opening will be released soon.

This renovation is the first phase of the proposed updates to the Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre. Proposed future improvements include replacing the HVAC system and renovating the fitness room and change rooms.  

Free admission is for Friday, September 8, only; regular rates will apply on Saturday and Sunday. Regular hours and programming will commence on September 11, 2017. All youth aged 12-17 are required to complete a weight room orientation prior to using the fitness centre; orientations will be available all weekend. Westysde Pool and Fitness Centre is located at 859 Bebek Road.

Media Contacts:
Barbara Berger
Recreation, Social Development, and Culture Manager

Matt Kachel
Capital Projects Supervisor