**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
  • Waterslide
  • 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