There two racquet sports courts in the building - they will have a movable wall so that they can be converted from handball to squash - some of us were trying to figure out just how this will work but Fred Inglis assures us it will be by opening day.
LOCKER TOUR - FIRST UP - WOMEN'S MEMBERSHIP PLUS:
One of the new additions to the facility is a fully equipped women's membership plus locker area complete with a lounge, Internet access, whirlpool and steam bath - the showers are private unlike the men where there is a mixture of open and private - towel service will also be provided but there will be no storage baskets or overnight lockers usage allowed. All lockers will have their own key - it will work this way - you open a unused locker and put your Y card in a slot which will release the key - after putting your clothes etc away you close the locker and remove the key - it will be interesting as to how they will address the issue of those who go out for a run and won't have there cards to scan to get back in.
SWIMMING POOL AREA:
It is a 25 yard pool l- slightly larger than the old one - it has a movable floor at one end and uses a UB light process which cuts down on the amount of chlorine that is needed. There is a steam bath and whirlpool on the pool deck for the general membership to use.
2ND FLOOR - COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AREA
The old office and meeting rooms on the second floor have been refurbished and will be use by this department for there many program thrusts including the connections program that I am a part of.
Membership office area.
MEN'S MEMBERSHIP PLUS LOCKER ROOM:
It's like it's counterpart in the Women's except that it is bigger.
While I didn't take any pictures of it there is also a family change facility on the main floor.
Families are expected to be a much larger part of the programming than in the past for two reasons - we now have the facilities to provide it and because of the large increase in families in the downtown core. Child minding will also be available.
This concludes the tour of the new Y - hope that you have enjoyed these two pages of details and images.