Nadine and Veronica Adams enjoy the beautiful hot tub at the West Fraser Aquatic Centre in Williams Lake Wednesday evening, a day before the official grand opening of the facility. For the women, the facility is vital for physiotherapy. (Angie Mindus photos)

The West Fraser Aquatic Centre now open

New facility serves many needs in the community

If the opinions of a sampling of patrons out enjoying the new, multi-million dollar West Fraser Aquatic Centre Wednesday evening is any indication, the renovated facility will exceed all expectations.

“On a scale of one to 10, I’d give it a 10,” said Hayden Firestone-Meshue, whose mom Sarah Hood surprised her children with an evening at the pool, including Phase Two which boasts a waterslide, lazy river and second pool.

“He has been waiting for months and months and months. He’s a waterbug so it was tough when it was closed,” said Hood.

Read more: Sam Ketcham Pool hours shrink as facility grows

Hood said the pool is a big part of their family, and they usually go three times a week.

“It’s something we can all do together that is active and has nothing to do with electronics.”

Hayden said his favourite part of the new facility is the waterslide and waterfalls.

Siblings Bryce and Kali Widsten played volleyball using a spray wall as the net, in the shallow pool. They made a special trip from Lac la Hache Wednesday evening just to go to the aquatic centre.

Read more: Phase one of pool project receiving rave reviews from public

“It’s good. I like it,” said Bryce, who said he likes the waterslide while his sister enjoys the new, large hot tub.

For Nadine Adams and her daughter Veronica, the new pool serves a much greater role in their lives than just being for recreational purposes.

“She’s learning how to walk again,” said Nadine as the two soaked in the hot tub after doing therapy in the shallow pool and river. “The different levels in the water is helping her to balance and walk.”

Veronica, 24, said she is recovering from life-saving surgery in August to remove cancer in her leg. The surgery was successful but will require a lengthy recovery, one made easier thanks to Williams Lake’s state-of-the-art pool.

“She’s fortunate she survived and will walk again,” said Nadine, noting her daughter first walked just two weeks ago and has to re-train other muscles to help her walk again.

With a smile on her face, Veronica said she was impressed with the new facility.

“It’s really nice. I’m surprised how nice it turned out. It’s beautiful.”

As well as the various depths in the pool, the women said they were also very grateful for the facility’s wheelchair accessibility and hand rails throughout to assist in physiotherapy.

“We are finding a lot of places aren’t very wheelchair accessible.”

The two were all smiles as they reentered the shallow pool using one of the facility’s two water wheelchairs.

A grand opening of the West Fraser Aquatic Centre was held Thursday evening. The 350 tickets on offer for the grand opening were gone within a few days.

The completed project includes a new fitness centre, lap tank, swirl pool, steam room and leisure pool. The leisure area features a waterslide, lazy river, tots area, kiddie carwash, teacup fountain, bubble pit, vortex and massage chairs. Phase One of the West Fraser Aquatic Centre opened in August.

The Sam Ketcham Pool upgrade project is a joint initiative of the Cariboo Regional District and City of Williams Lake. Funding partners for the project included Northern Development Initiative Trust, West Fraser Mills and the federal government.


Do you have a comment about this story? email:
editor@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

Alex Fraser Research Forest gives students hands-on experience

The Alex Fraser Research Forest are working to educate the next generation of foresters

Fire claims two historic buildings in downtown Williams Lake

Several other businesses damaged by water used to fight the blaze

TRU hosts second round of public consultations

A dozen concerned lakecity locals came out to the Pioneer Complex to provide their feedback

Global Climate Strike and March a well-attended call to action

Generations of concerned citizens marched on city hall led by the youth of today

Update: Firefighters battle blaze in downtown Williams Lake

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, crews on scene

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Resident finds loaded shotgun inside a duffle bag in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

Canada continues to win at world indoor lacrosse championships in B.C.

Results of the action from day two of the 2019 World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor World Championship

Graffiti, calls and Snapchat: RCMP probe string of threats targeting Kamloops schools

There have been nine different threats made to four different schools in the city

Oak Bay father’s testimony at murder trial like plot of ‘bad low-budget movie:’ Crown

Crown alleged Andrew Berry’s ‘entire story of Christmas Day is a lie’

B.C. truck drivers to face higher fines for not using winter tire chains

As of Oct. 1, not using chains on the highway when required could net you a $598 ticket

Singh campaigns in Toronto, May in Winnipeg, as Liberal and Tory leaders pause

All parties expected to be back on the campaign trail Sunday

Possible Canadian cases of vaping illnesses being investigated: health officer

‘I think that will be really important to address the overall trend of youth vaping’

Area 51 events mostly peaceful; thousands in Nevada desert

Three more people were arrested Friday on the remote once-secret military base

Most Read