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Full Closure Considered For Windsor Water World

Monday January 12th, 2015, 11:00am


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City of Windsor administration is recommending the full closure of Windsor Water World to save money.

The pool portion of the complex was closed in March 2014, but the center has remained open for other recreation and fitness programs and has remained home to the provincially funded Afterschool program and the Ontario Early Years Center.

City administration says in a report that currently Waterworld has the lowest number of visits across all city community centeres.  Attendance for non aquatic programs went from 19,929 in 2013 to 16,919 in 2014.  In comparison, Forest Glade had 24,786 participants and Oakwood had 45,561 last year.

Should City Council vote to close the centre, programs would be offered until the end of June, and then all  would be offered at other locations.

Administration says that the Ontario Early Years Center may be more difficult to relocate in a short time frame, and it can function at Water World as a stand along operation without costing any money to the city, as it is provincially funded.

The total cost savings, should council vote to close the centre, will be $315,714.

This goes to Council on January 19th with the City Budget.

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