Loyalist Township kicks off construction on the renewal of Amherstview’s W.J. Henderson Recreation Centre

A rendering of the revamped pool that is currently under construction at the W.J. Henderson Arena.

On Saturday Loyalist mayor Jim  Hegadorn, members of council, and staff celebrated the beginning of construction on the  eagerly anticipated renewal of the W.J. Henderson Recreation Centre in Amherstview.  

The W.J. Henderson Recreation Centre has played a significant role in the lives of Loyalist  residents since it opened in September 1976. Since that time, many families gathered at the  Centre where they learned to skate, swim, read and make social connections.
Construction on the recreation centre will begin immediately and is expected to be completed  by January 2026.
The total cost for construction is estimated to be $43.8 million. In December 2022, the  Government of Canada announced an investment of over $16.5 million in this project through  Infrastructure Canada’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program (GICB).  

The scope of work involved in this phase of construction includes: 

  • The construction of a new aquatic facility comprising of an 8-lane, 25 metre pool as well  as a separate warm-water leisure pool; 
  • Undertaking accessibility upgrades throughout the existing facility, including the addition  of a lift, accessible change rooms, and barrier-free viewing areas; 
  • Installing new aquatic change rooms, including the creation of family change rooms;  Incorporating a new Indigenous Legacy Space in the facility, in collaboration with the  Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund;  
  • Incorporating energy conservation measures throughout the facility to reduce energy  usage and greenhouse gas emissions; 
  • Designing the building to be Net-Zero ready 

“I am proud to announce the start of the retrofits to this Centre, upgrades that will change the  trajectory of this historical infrastructure in Amherstview, thanks to the Green and Inclusive  Community Buildings Program,” said Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. “We are beginning a new chapter of accessibility, inclusivity, and  sustainability which will provide more comfort for users, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and  create a more healthy and safe environment.”
Hegadorn echoed those sentiments. 
“On behalf of council, I want to express our excitement to begin work on the renewal of the W.J.  Henderson Recreation Centre,” said the mayor. “This modern energy efficient facility will provide a wonderful community space and recreation amenities for people of all ages and abilities to play, learn and  connect with one another for generations to come.” 


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