Now that that snowbanks have receded, we’ve been able to get clear view of the transformation of the Leo Lafleur water park next to the aging Memorial Centre. As you can see from the photo above, construction of the winding water slide is nearly complete, and it gives a great indication of the scale and potential of the massive project. Back in September of 2009, we discussed the tentative plan for the revamped aquatic centre, which in addition to a two-storey water slide, will incorporate a 25 metre pool, lazy river, tot pool and renovated change rooms. With the new Leo Lafleur aquatic centre slated to open on June 24th, the City of Kingston has released membership and admission information, while prices range from $8.50 for adults to $6.50 for seniors and $5.00 for children. Accordingly, this week’s poll asks:
Will the cost of admission at Leo Lafleur impact your attendance?
- It's perfect, can't wait. (44%, 59 Votes)
- Too high, will go less. (32%, 43 Votes)
- I never intended on going there. (16%, 22 Votes)
- Too High, won't go at all. (7%, 9 Votes)
- Something Else Entirely. (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 134
If you compare the daily cost of admission to Leo Lafleur ($8.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5 for children) with the drop-in charge at Artillery Park ($4.20 for adults, $3.36 for seniors, $2.40 for children), our new outdoor aquatic centre seems a bit pricey. Having said that, I can honestly say that I would rather shell out nearly $10 to go down a water slide, and swim outdoors, rather than taking my chances and dive into the disgusting slurry at the popular student watering hole next to the King Street Water Treatment Plant. Further, as a former life guard who’s worked at a few outdoor pools, I appreciate the fact that safety will be properly observed to at Leo Lafleur, and it will also result in seasonal jobs.
In any case, I sincerely hope that admission costs will not be a deterrent, and that our new facility will be well used. Having said that, those with less disposable incomes will likely be unable to enjoy Leo Lafleur as much as they’d had hoped. What do you think? Will our revamped water park make a big splash, or is it destined to sink?