The Future of Adie Knox
As you may have heard or read, the City and the University of Windsor announced a partnership that would see the sharing of the newly constructed University pool and a complete overhaul of Adie Knox into a robust community centre. I want to share with you all that I know so far about the plan, and more importantly, I want to hear from you about it. The high level details of this $42million investment that is subject to community consultation and Council approval, includes two main components. They Are as follows:
1) City – University Partnership
- 93% of pool programming at Adie Knox will be available at the same time at the UofW pool for City residents and the community
- City residents will have free onsite parking
- User fees will be the exact same as is currently being paid at Adie Knox
- Pool temperature will be more or less the same (approximately 1 to 2 degrees less at the UofW Pool)
- The UofW pool will be more handicap accessible based on AODA requirements given it is a new build and must adhere to new standards and legislation
- The term is 10 years with a right to renew for an additional 10 years and will cost the City a one-time $3million capital expenditure and an operating expense of $200,000 per year. This will save the City approximately $500,000 in operating expenses per year which will largely be diverted to the new community centre at Adie Knox
2) Adie Knox Revitalization into a Robust Community Centre
- Adie Knox will be part of a $42million investment that will include, among other things:
· A new indoor gym and fitness centre
· Four program rooms for community programming in arts, culture, technology, and sports including a dance studio
· A kitchen and rec room for indoor classes
· The ice pad to be maintained and remain servicing Windsor Minor Hockey and other groups
· Outdoor tennis courts and pickleball courts
· Outdoor basketball court
· Outdoor splash pad
· Outdoor walking track
· New and additional parking
· …and much more…
The full details of the plan will be published and released to the public this upcoming Friday. In the meantime, the City has published on its website information on the project here: https://www.citywindsor.ca/Newsroom/Pages/City-and-University-Announce-Plans-to-Upgrade-West-End-Recreation-Infrastructure.aspx
Community consultation and ensuring your voice is heard is very important to me. There are a variety of ways to be heard on this plan including filling out the survey in the link above, or alternatively contacting me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also delegate on the matter when this comes to Council on June 21st.
When the City presented the consultant’s master plan in 2019, we fought against the closure of the pool. At the time, there was no agreement or plan of an agreement with the UofW, and the robust community centre before you now was not at all what was presented to Council in 2019. It is a markedly different plan that must be considered on its merits, taking into account the totality of the plan and how it will serve all residents in the west-end and across the City.
Since being elected on Council, I have fought for more community amenities in the west-end, including a community centre. In fact, this priority was a pillar in my campaign for Council, and is an amenity that is desperately needed in our neighbourhood since we lost the College Avenue Community Centre in 2011 and other amenities over the years.
I am keeping an open mind and will be listening intently over the coming weeks. I am hopeful that residents keep an open mind and learn about the project in its entirety. Your ideas and concerns matter to me and I will take each and every one of them seriously. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of public consultation in these coming weeks as we work collaboratively to champion expanding access and positive investment in the west-end that is overdue, deserved, and meets the needs of our growing and diverse community.