IROC pools re-open­ing

Stanstead Journal - - sports - Vic­to­ria Vanier


to some gen­er­ous do­na­tions and lots of fundrais­ing by ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, In­door Re­cre­ation Or­leans County, bet­ter known as IROC, will soon be re-open­ing their in­door pools. Be­cause of fi­nan­cial prob­lems, IROC ad­min­is­tra­tors had closed the pools on Au­gust 16th. “We were re­ally strug­gling fi­nan­cially over­all and the pools were the most ex­pen­sive ser­vice,” ex­plained Katy Murray, IROC’s Healthy Changes Ini­tia­tives co­or­di­na­tor.

“The main pool is be­ing filled right now and we ex­pect both pools to be run­ning by the first week of Oc­to­ber,” said the co­or­di­na­tor. There will be a grand re-open­ing of the pools on Oc­to­ber 8th fea­tur­ing a free ‘Pool Party’ which is open to all, in­clud­ing Cana­di­ans. “We’ll have light re­fresh­ments, games for kids, a deep water ex­er­cise class and a warm water ex­er­cise class in the ther­a­peu­tic pool,” added Ms. Murray. IROC’s main pool has a shal­low en­try for tod­dlers, a 74 foot tube slide and an area for lap swim­ming. The ther­a­peu­tic pool has stairs and a chair en­try for peo­ple with lim­ited mo­bil­ity.

As part of the fa­cil­ity’s fi­nan­cial re­struc­tur­ing plan, some of IROC’s pro­grams have gone up in price and there is now a day fee to use the walk­ing track which used to be free. How­ever, a mem­ber­ship drive is go­ing on right now, last- ing only un­til Septem­ber 30th, that fea­tures sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions in the two month and one year mem­ber­ship prices, es­pe­cially for cou­ples.

Cana­di­ans are wel­come to visit the re­cre­ation cen­tre or to be­come mem­bers. Right now they are ac­cept­ing Cana­dian money at par value. “We’re not out of the woods yet but we are ac­tively fundrais­ing and we can al­ready see a dif­fer­ence with the in­creased rates,” con­cluded Ms. Murray. For more in­for­ma­tion call IROC at 802 334-8511.

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