IROC pools re-opening
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.