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Iqaluit's long-awaited new pool makes a splash

Mayor Madeleine Redfern and city councillors officially opened the new aquatic centre at noon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Grand opening of aquatic centre today at noon

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      Iqaluit's new aquatic centre opened its doors to the public today at noon.

      Mayor Madeleine Redfern and city councillors officially opened the centre with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Afterward, the public toured the centre.

      Iqaluit residents turn out in droves for the grand opening of the city's new aquatic centre on Thursday. (Kieran Oudshoorn/CBC)

      The new centre has a six-lane 25 metre pool, leisure pool with slide, whirlpool, sauna, fitness centre with weight and cardio equipment, fitness studio for classes, as well as a multi-purpose room and an elders' room.

      A child takes the plunge into the pool at Iqaluit's new aquatic centre on Thursday. (Kieran Oudshoorn/CBC)

      Free admission to the centre begins today at 3:30 p.m. Admission is also free on Friday starting at noon.

      Stephanie Clark, recreation services manager, says the pool "offers the opportunity for kids to come to a place that is safe, that is supported and that we can have more eyes on them to see how they are doing. That is such a huge thing because kids need to know that they belong somewhere."

      People check out the whirlpool at Iqaluit's new aquatic centre on Thursday. (Kieran Oudshoorn/CBC)

      Iqaluit's old pool at the Astro Hill complex closed almost five years ago after it sprang a leak. Iqaluit ratepayers voted in favour of permitting the city to borrow up to $40 million to build the new aquatic centre.

      with files from Kieran Oudshoorn