**Updated** Sod-turning ceremony held for new East Hants aquatic centre
**Updated at 1:23 p.m.**
East Hants Warden Jim Smith says council is committed to build the East Hants Aquatic Centre on budget and on schedule.
He made the remarks during a sod-turning ceremony Thursday morning in Elmsdale for the $19 million project.
Smith says the facility will benefit the people of East Hants and surrounding areas for many years to come.
He was joined by Kings-Hants MP and Treasury Board President Scott Brison, and East Hants deputy warden Wayne Greene.
The federal government is contributing $5.8 million towards the project, which is expected to be completed next fall.
The following items are included in the design of the Aquatic Centre:
- Six-lane, 25-metre lap pool
- Leisure pool with spray features and ramp access
- A lazy river resistance moving-water pool
- Fully accessible hot pool with a capacity of 19 people
- Climbing wall
- Women's and men's change rooms
- Family / universal change room
- Diving Board
- Reception, administration, lifeguards area, staff and building support spaces
- Multi-purpose room capable of holding up to 50 people
- Kitchenette adjacent to the multi-purpose room
- Public lobby and a pool viewing area
- Pool and building mechanical rooms
- Additional parking for up to 40 cars joining into existing parking at the Lloyd E. Matheson Centre
- Outdoor splash park