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New and improved Canada Games Aquatic Centre reopens in Kamloops

With help from the federal and provincial governments, the Canada Games Aquatic Centre is set to have a greatly reduced carbon footprint.
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January 21, 2021 - 3:12 PM

The City of Kamloops has officially announced the infrastructure improvements to the Tournament Capital Centre's aquatic facility are complete and the doors are open.

After some big changes and $13.5 million invested, the Canada Games Aquatic Centre reopened to the general public on Jan. 15, according to a City of Kamloops media release.

The facilities largest investment was a heat recovery system where warm, humid air from the pool water is now being used to heat the incoming air to the building.

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The whirlpool, steam room and sauna are will be much more efficient after the updates, the City says. New boilers, an updated HVAC system, a new roof, walls and door systems were all included in the upgrades.

The improvements to the Tournament Capital Centre were done to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by upgrading its energy efficiency, the City says.

"We’d like to thank the provincial and federal governments for supporting our vision of reducing our impact on the environment," Mayor Ken Christian said in the release. "It’s important for all levels of government to work together to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.”

The $13.5 million project received around $1.3 million in infrastructure funding from the federal government and the province provided $1.1 million for energy efficiency upgrades.

"The Canada Games Aquatic Centre in Kamloops will not only support healthy lifestyles, but will also reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to a greener and more active future for generations to come," federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna said in the release.

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