The Grand Opening ceremony for the newly renovated and expanded St. James-Assiniboia Centennial Pool took place on January 24, 2005. The three levels of government through the Canada/Manitoba Infrastructure Secretariat each contributed $1 million to the project. The St. James-Assiniboia School Division provided a portion of the land on which the expansion was built.
Jim Rondeau speaking at the Grand Opening
The new addition includes a 24,000 square foot wheelchair-accessible fitness facility including a four-lane walking/jogging track; a weight room with new and modern equipment; a multi-purpose room; a body/mind fitness studio, and a multi-purpose classroom. Modern design components have been added to make the facility more useable for people of all ages and abilities. The facility has natural lighting, textured surfaces, contrasting door frames and doors, water fountains with push bars on the front, strobe alarm systems, elevators, lever door handles and lever tap handles on washroom sinks and the use of automatic door openers at entrances. The doors feature signage in contrasting colours with raised symbols, lower and upper-case lettering and Braille.
Peter DeSmedt, City of Winnipeg Councilor; Lieutenant Governor, John Harvard, former Member of Parliament; Jim Rondeau, MLA for Assiniboia; Linda Archer, St. James-Assiniboia School Division all participated in the ceremony including the ribbon cutting.