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Construction set to start on Langford YMCA

Langford Mayor Stew Young, Westhills manager Ryan McKenzie and YMCA-YWCA Victoria board chair Sybil Verch put their gold shovels in the ground at the initial groundbreaking ceremony of the new aquatic ceremony in Langford, Jan. 21.  - Charla Huber/News staff
Langford Mayor Stew Young, Westhills manager Ryan McKenzie and YMCA-YWCA Victoria board chair Sybil Verch put their gold shovels in the ground at the initial groundbreaking ceremony of the new aquatic ceremony in Langford, Jan. 21.
— image credit: Charla Huber/News staff

Langford's new aquatic centre is officially on its way to becoming a reality.

"Building recreational facilities is important when you are looking after every aspect of the needs of our residents," said Mayor Stew Young, of the partnership between the City of Langford, Westhills and the YMCA-YWCA Victoria. "When you look at City Centre Park as a recreational facility, this (aquatic centre) is going to be a great addition to recreation in Langford."

The aquatic centre will include a lap pool, lazy river, warm water therapy pool, wave pool and two watersides. The facility will also include a gymnasium, youth centre, health and fitness facility and daycare centre.

"I can't wait to see all the faces light up when they first walk in,” said Sybil Verch, YMCA-YWCA board chair.

Langford is also looking into having a library branch located in the new centre on Langford Parkway that’s slated to open in July 2016.

The city is developing a five-year plan for recreation that includes discussion around adding another turf field as well as more baseball and soccer fields in the city, said Young.

"We have the youngest demographics in the whole region," Young said. "We can't build facilities just for the elite and seniors, we are building recreation facilities for everyone."

 

 

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