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Orillia Recreation Centre 255 West St. S. Progress Report: Nearing the Finish Line

Join us on the final leg of the Orillia Recreation Centre construction project.

Fall 2019

Take an inside look at some of the features that make this facility unique and learn about the exciting programs you can look forward to when it opens. With three pools, a double FIBA-size gymnasium, multi-level fitness centre, walking track, programming rooms and a huge naturalized park – the Orillia Recreation Centre has something for everyone.

Tiling is underway in all three pools of the aquatic centre – the lap pool, leisure pool and therapy pool. Pictured above, a pool tiler from Acapulco Pools completes tiling along the seating area of the leisure pool.

Construction Update • Tiling is underway in all three pools. The lap pool tiling is approximately 70% complete, and the leisure and therapy pool tiling is approximately 15% complete. • Most of the drywall installation is complete throughout the building. Mudding, sanding and painting of the drywall continue.


Fun Facts & Trivia (Answers on the back page)

How many bicycle spaces are availab Orillia Recreation Centr a) 37 b) 22 c) 14

True or False? The reation Centre is f ble, including all three

• Floor tiling in the pool and fitness change rooms is almost complete. • Vanities, countertops and mirror installation have started in the change rooms. • The final layer of concrete is poured on the gymnasium floor, upper running track and stretching area. • The installation of all exterior wood soffit continues and is approximately 85% complete. • The pool timing clock and gymnasium scoreboards are installed. The timing and control devices will be installed next. • The installation of the overhead gymnasium lighting is nearing completion. • The pool starting block platform is poured and ready for the installation of the starting blocks and timing equipment. • The installation of the main entrance electronic sign is complete. • Concrete has been poured for sidewalks at the front entrance and preparation continues for stone work.

Leak tests were completed successfully in all three pools in October. Pictured above are the leisure pool and therapy pool.

• The pedestrian bridge leading from the trail system over Ben’s Ditch is painted. • Asphalt walkways have been installed throughout the site. • The large gymnasium room divider installation has commenced. Future Key Milestones: • Complete the installation of pool basin tiles and pool deck tiles. • The moveable floor in the lap pool will be installed and tested. • The pool accessories will be installed including the climbing wall, diving boards, starting blocks and ladders. • The telephone and data cable installation will be complete. • Exterior wood soffit installation will be complete.

The digital reader board at the West Street South main entrance to Foundry Park was installed in November. This sign welcomes people to the Orillia Recreation Centre and will let them know of all the great programming scheduled.

• Wall and floor tiling will be complete in all change rooms. • All drywall and painting of interior walls will be complete. • The gymnasium plywood and wood floor installation will start. • The large letters spelling ‘ORILLIA’ will be installed at the entrance to the building. • The final course of asphalt will be installed in the main parking lot. • Final landscaping and seeding to commence in 2020. • The running track floor material will be installed. • The building’s heating and cooling systems will be tested and commissioned.

Change rooms in the Orillia Recreation Centre are fully accessible, which means there are no doors to open in order to access them. Frosted glass along the hallway pictured above provides privacy.

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The 8-lane, 25m lap pool features a moveable floor manufactured and installed by a German company. How do you say “Let’s go swimming!” in German? a) Lass uns hineinspringen b) Lass uns mal schwimmen gehen c) Ich liebe Schwimmen

The Orillia Recreation Centre Fun Pass gives you access to the following: a) Unlimited access to the fitness centre and walking track. b) Unlimited access to all swimming drop-in sessions. c) Unlimited access to all open gym sessions. d) Unlimited access to all kids’ drop-in programs. e) Unlimited access to all fitness drop-in programs. f ) With a yearly membership, receive a 10% discount on select registered programs, including camps. g) All of the above!

Video Boards: Gymnasium and Pool The Orillia Recreation Centre is equipped with leading-edge video score boards in both the gymnasium and aquatic centre. Both screens offer unique opportunities to enhance the programs, events and rentals the centre can accommodate. Gymnasium Video Score Board: A Legacy Brought to Life The gymnasium video score board is a direct result of the Orillia 2018 Ontario Winter Games $100,000 legacy fund. The design, which was conceived by City recreation staff, is completely unique to the Orillia Recreation Centre to meet the needs of the facility. The full size video score board, which measures 5.76 metres by 3.6 metres, can split into two screens to accommodate the two separate FIBA-size gyms when the divider wall is in use. This will allow one large screen for scoring and video capabilities when the divider wall is open and two separate score boards with individual scoring capabilities when the divider wall is closed. - JASON MCNEILL, OES SCOREBOARDS

There was genuine excitement for this project; the OES engineering team was thrilled to have the opportunity to push the boundaries of a typical gymnasium video display. Score Board

Aquatic Centre Video

The aquatic centre video scoreboard is a joint venture between the City of Orillia and the Orillia Channel Cats competitive swimming club. The Channel Cats have been working closely with the City for approximately five years on the design of the new aquatic centre. The Channel Cats secured the grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the electronic timing equipment and video display scoreboard for the new recreation centre. In 2018, a $150,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant was secured. As the total cost of the electronic timing equipment and video scoreboard is $225,000, the Channel CATS are contributing an additional $75,000 towards the cost of this equipment.

The video scoreboard is an enormous 3 metre high by 5 metre wide screen that can display almost anything. For swim competitions, the scoreboard is able to display the name and time of the swimmer in each lane, not just the lane number and time. This capability enables the Channel Cats to host high-quality swim competitions and supports ongoing training activities. The scoreboard also enables the scoring of water polo, diving, and artistic swimming. “It’s going to be a great facility and we can’t wait for it to open,” said Michael Gordon, Treasurer for the Orillia Channel Cats.

Chris Milne, Mechanical Engineer Technologist with OES Scoreboards, tests the gymnasium digital scoreboard. The board which measures 5.76 metres by 3.6 metres can divide in two which allows scoring of separate sporting events in the two FIBA size gyms at the same time.

Go Behind the Scenes Join Megan Visser, Recreation Program Supervisor, on a behind-thescenes tour of the Orillia Recreation Centre. Subscribe to the City’s YouTube Channel and follow the City of Orillia and Parks, Recreation and Culture on social media for the latest videos.


Fun Facts & Trivia Answers

Programming Preview The new Orillia Recreation Centre is going to be bustling with activity! We have expanded our aquatic, fitness and recreation program offerings for people of all ages. Whether you are learning a new skill in one of the three pools or exercising in our multi-level fitness centre, there is something for everyone. Here is a sneak peek at some of the new programming being offered at the Orillia Recreation Centre. Aquatics • Adult Registered Swim Programs – for swimmers of all abilities. • Water Polo 101 – we’re introducing a new sport to Orillia. • Family Swim Lessons – for busy families with multiple young swimmers; fit everyone’s lesson into a half-hour time block! • H30 – for swimmers who learn best in smaller class environments. • Diaperfit – a registered fitness program for both parent and child; no babysitter necessary! Fitness • Drop-in Fitness Classes – included with your Fun Pass. • Small Group Training – gain the benefits of personal training, in a relaxed group setting. • Personal Training – gain the knowledge necessary for success with an experienced personal trainer. Recreation • Preschool Drop-in Programs - included with your Fun Pass. • Registered and Drop-in Sports Programs - basketball, pickleball, floor hockey and more! • Parents Night Out- Enjoy a Friday night off because we’ve got the kids looked after! Your child will enjoy crafts, games and pizza.

Fun Pass gift certificates are available now at the Orillia City Centre or!

1 37. The Orillia Recreation Centre includes 37 bicycle parking spaces. Take advantage of Foundry Park connecting to the City’s’ Lightfoot Trail system and bike to the Orillia Recreation Centre. True. The Orillia Recreation Centre is fully accessible, including a separate ramp entry for all 2 three pools. Enjoy fully accessible change rooms and a central elevator that provides access to each floor of the building. Lass uns mal schwimmen gehen. The moveable 3 floor in the lap pool can change the depth of the pool from 0m to 3.5m in depth. Let’s go swimming! All of the Above. Visit to learn about the perks of having a Fun Pass. 4

Fun Pass Rates Daily and 10-visit pass rates are available at For project updates, visit

Monthly Fun Pass (Plus HST) Adult (18+)








Annual Fun Pass (Plus HST) Adult (18+)






(R): Resident rate for Orillia tax payers. (N): Non-resident rate.

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