Scotia Pool marks 10th anniversary since reopening

Monique Chiasson
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BIBLE HILL - Scotia Pool made a big splash Saturday with young and old alike.
The Bible Hill facility, located in the AgriTECH Park, celebrated its 10-year reopening anniversary with a free swim and cake. It's estimated more than 100 people took part.
"The kids love it and it's something the family can do together and that's important," said Truro's Matthew Holmes before getting into the pool with his daughter Rebecca, 7.
"We've been coming here about 14 years," he said, adding it's vital for children and adults to learn water safety because "in the Maritimes here there's so much water that there's potential to drown or get seriously hurt" if water safety is not learned.
Ten-year-old William Douglas of Truro was all about having a good time Saturday.
"Swimming is fun and I like the warm water here," he said before diving in.
Juanita MacKinnon, the pool's aquatic manager, is excited to see a mix of ages using the pool. She said seniors tend to make use of pool programs more so throughout the week, while families enjoy more weekend swims.
MacKinnon said there has been another significant change in swimmers over the years.
"More people are swimming now. Swimming is fun, can be used as therapy and is a life-saving skill and people are realizing that," said MacKinnon. "Even children are starting to learn swimming earlier, some parents are bringing them in at three months (old)."
Scotia Pool originally opened Oct. 26, 1973 and closed for about three years beginning in 1996 when the Nova Scotia Youth Training Centre, which was also housed at the AgriTECH Park, closed. The pool reopened in 1999.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Youth Training Centre

Geographic location: AgriTECH Park

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