Victoria’s Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project just got a financial boost Wednesday.
The city has been awarded a $1 million Canadian Tire Jumpstart Accessibility Grant that will go towards the construction of accessibility features at the new recreation facility.
The Jumpstart Grant is part of the charity’s “Play Finds a Way” movement, which supports capital costs of construction and renovation to improve physical accessibility at recreation centres.
The Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre is one of nine inaugural recipients of the grant and among only three to be awarded $1 million.
Victoria Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities Thomas Soulliere says the investment will be applied for pool tank lifts, fully accessible change areas and adaptive sport and fitness equipment.
Victoria council approved $69.4 million for a new rec centre, which has also received $6 million dollars from the Federal Gas Tax Fund in February.
The city has committed $10 million towards the project.
As part of Victoria’s climate action plan, the city says the new Crystal Pool facility will use energy-efficient technology.
The city is trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from community-owned facilities by more than 33 per cent.
Victoria officials anticipate the new facility will have a 35 per cent increase in visitation.