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Oakville Ward 3 Councillors Update 
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Welcome to Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre!
We are counting the days until the doors open for the community to see and experience Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre .  (We have seen you peeking through the fence or trying to hop over it). As you all know the CC is the result of an outstanding collaborative effort by 11 resident associations, residents and the support of Town Council.  It is evident as you walk through the building that Town staff took great pride in creating a very special place for active living, community connections and health and wellness. 

In this special edition newsletter, we share a few more peeks at the park and facility as well as connect you to details on programs. While we will be opening the OTCC to what is called a 'soft launch', work continues on commissioning the pools, getting art work in place and in the parking garage for a short period .

OTCC will open its doors on Saturday Sept 19 to pre-booked appointments for the fitness area or to take a facility tour. To ensure gathering restrictions and physical distancing are maintained, the facility will open for pre-registered tours. Residents are invited to reserve a facility tour in advance or by visiting active.oakville.ca.  Reservations will be available starting September 14, 2020. Our Facility Manager Jennifer Petrie and her team are looking forward to welcoming everyone and will ensure all COVID safety protocols are in place.

Pre-booked drop-in programs will begin on Monday September 21 and pre-booked tours will continue daily throughout the month of September and can be booked at active.oakville.ca. Finishing touches are taking place on the pools with plans to open in early October.
 
Starting October 19th, in addition to pre-booked drop-in programs, registered aquatics and recreation programs will begin.  Registered sessions will be offered for an 8-week session. Registration for these multi-week programs will begin on September 16th, 2020. A complete listing of activities can be found at programs.oakville.ca.

Due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions, the official grand opening celebration is scheduled for October 17, 2020, followed with pre-registered tours in the afternoon to welcome community members to see the space.

COVID does limit the services and programs that can be provided right now but we hope you will take advantage of the 'soft' opening to book a walk around the track and or get in a work out or enjoy the amazing park.

See you at OTCC!
Janet and Dave
 
When you enter the Community Centre the guest services area is to your left and beside it the cafe many of you asked for.  Reynolds Street Cafe is independently operated and will be featuring a variety of pressed juices, smoothies, and baked goods. Visitors can enjoy a number of specialty coffees including espresso, cappuccino, or Americano. Hours of operation will be impacted by COVID. The main gallery area ( the furniture is now being placed) gives you views of the gym, the pools, and the park! On the upper level, there is another conversation area which you can access by the elevator or stairs.
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Double Gym
Gymnasium
The gymnasium offers 10,000 sq/ft of active space and is ideal for elite and beginner sports. Features include:
  • Two regulation-sized volleyball courts
  • Four regulation-sized Pickleball/badminton courts
  • One NBA-sized basketball court
  • Two youth basketball courts
  • Dividing wall for multipurpose activities
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Fitness Area
Walking Track
This centre is home to Oakville’s largest indoor walking track. The outer lane is 117 metre in length and was built with high-performance flooring. 
 
Group Fitness Studio
This inviting space is perfect for all your group fitness workouts. With a beautiful hardwood sprung floor, natural lighting and floor-to-ceiling mirrors, this will be your new favourite spot for Pilates, Yoga and strength training programs.

Fitness Centre
This spacious area boasts state-of-the-art fitness equipment with built-in technology. With over 2,000 sq/ft, this space provides diverse strength and cardio equipment including a new step rehabilitation stationary bicycle. Photo not shown here but trust us the bicycles and treadmills are waiting for you.
 
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Pools
Here are a few sneak peeks. Top Left : theraupetic pool under construction. Right:   Rendering of the 25 metre pool when it is done. The Pools will open in October

Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre is home to the first Natare brand pool in Canada. Natare designs and manufactures high quality stainless steel pools with pristine water quality and low maintenance operation. 
 
The aquatic centre features two separate pools. The lap pool is 25 metres in length, six lanes wide and 12 feet deep which is ideal for our local synchronized swimmers. The temperature will be maintained at 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
The leisure pool is a warm water pool, perfect for therapeutic programs and fully accessible. The temperature will be maintained at 92 degrees Fahrenheit. 
 
The universal pool change rooms create a safe, inclusive change room option for the community. Features include:
  • 32 private cubicles of different sizes
  • fully accessible private change room
  • Nine vestibule showers
  • 72 personal day-use only lockers (includes full and ½ lockers)
  • Two baby change stations
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Meeting Rooms
Meeting Rooms
The facility hosts two large multipurpose spaces.
  • Multipurpose Room 1 is 1,249 sq/ft and has a room capacity of up to 105 people (approximately 50 people seated at tables). 
  • Multipurpose Room 2 is 1,744 sq/ft can accommodate up to 157 people (approximately 80 people seated at tables). 
  • A small boardroom-style meeting room is located on the second floor.
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Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre( OTCC) : LEED certified and more!
The new community centre design was developed using an Integrated Project Delivery approach to design and construction with Graham Construction and Engineering Inc. and Diamond Schmitt Architects. It  is a LEED-certified facility boasting a modern building design with more than 53,000 square feet of active and passive space.

The fully-accessible centre features a 25-metre lap pool, a therapeutic warm water pool, a double gymnasium, a fitness centre with a running track, multipurpose meeting rooms, space for intergenerational programming, and more.

As a result of a  partnership with Oakville Hydro, this facility has a geo-thermal heating and cooling system to reduce energy demands.  Other sustainable features include car charging stations, solar panels on the community centre roof, and the Natare pool which uses 80% less water than a traditional pool, as the backwash system uses forced air rather than water and the stainless steel tank does not require draining for tile repairs. Natare pools are also constructed from 100% recycled stainless steel.

A new neighbourhood park adjacent to the community centre gives residents opportunities to enjoy recreation and nature.
Reynolds Park
Adjacent to OTCC is a 0.6 hectare neighbourhood park that will include soft landscaping and trees, seating, a play structure, lawn areas, a water play area, pavilion and bicycle parking.
  • Approximately 60 new shade trees planted within the park. Over 3,000 new native shrubs, perennials and grasses providing an ecological vegetative “spine” through the middle of the park.
  • Inclusive “active” area with accessible play facilities and outdoor rehabilitation equipment.
  • Wheelchair accessible seating and picnic tables throughout the park.
  • Plaza splash pad with LED lighting at nighttime.
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Meet Jennifer the Facility Manager 
Jennifer McPetrie is the new facility Manager of Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre. While she is new to the role she is not new to the Oakville Community. Jennifer has worked for the town of Oakville since 2016 where she was the Program Supervisor overseeing a number of children, youth and inclusion programs and most recently has worked as the Manager of Trafalgar Park Community Centre.  Jennifer has worked in the field of recreation for over 18 years and has worked with all ages and program areas.  She is a graduate of the Recreation and Leisure Program at both Brock University and Niagara College. She is thrilled to be working in a facility with a pool again, as that is where her passion for working in recreation began, working as a lifeguard in her teenage years.  She is especially excited to be working at the old hospital site and it is near and dear to her heart as both her children were born here.   Jennifer is excited to get to know the residents of South East Oakville in the coming weeks. 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions 
Q: Should I sign up for a membership now or wait until the Official Opening?
A: The fitness centre will be open as of Saturday, September 19th.  You can purchase your membership starting immediately.  Memberships can be purchased by credit card by contacting a Support Services team member at 905-815-2000, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Due to COVID restrictions all fitness centre timeslots must be pre-booked in advance using active.oakville.ca. With a fitness centre membership you can book timeslots as often as you like. If you would prefer to try the new centre first you can pay on a pay-as-you-go basis for $9.90/session for adults.

Q: Can I just go in and have a coffee or tea and hang out?
A: Due to COVID restrictions while the café may be open during programs you will need to take your beverage or treat with you for the time being. Once restrictions are lifted we are excited to welcome you to enjoy your refreshments in our bright and spacious lobby.
 
Q: Do I need a membership to use the Walking Track?
A: No, memberships are not required to use the walking track. You can pay-as-you-go for $3.54 for seniors (65 years and over) or $4.42 for adults per visit.  Your walking track timeslot must be pre-booked at this time using active.oakville.ca.
 
Q: Why do I have to come changed to use the fitness centre?
A: Due to COVID restrictions for the time being our fitness centre change rooms remain closed. This is for the health and safety of all our members.

Q: Can we rent the meeting rooms starting in Oct?
A:  Rentals for user groups will be starting in mid-October, private rentals for meetings and birthday parties are not permitted at this time.
 
Q: What is the cost of the membership?
A:  At Oakville Trafalgar a fitness membership includes access to the fitness centre, all fitness classes, the walking track, recreational swims, and drop in sports. Monthly membership pricing starts at:
$36.74 + tax for adults
$29.39 +  tax for seniors
 $23.88 + tax for students
For a full list of membership options and pricing, please visit Oakville.ca. 

For more FAQ'S on services, health etiquette and more click here.
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Transit to the Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre
Transit to the Community Centre
The primary route serving the Community Centre is Route 11, which travels on MacDonald between Reynolds and Watson.  This route is hourly service, Monday to Friday, from approximately 6am to 10pm starting on Tuesday, September 8. Students coming from OT may wish to use this service. For Clearview students there is also the option when leaving the CC during peak Go transit to connect at Clarkson Go Station. We will be encouraging future programming to consider this.
 
Another option to access the Community Centre is via Route 4, which will operate every 1/2 hour through the day, Monday to Friday, hourly in the evening Monday to Friday, and hourly Saturday and Sunday, effective September 6th.  Route 4 operates from approximately 6:20am to midnight Monday to Friday, and from 7:20am to 11:30pm Saturday, and approximately 8am to 8pm on Sunday.  Residents in Clearview can board the Route 4 on Sheridan Garden Drive and get off the bus at Cornwall and Reynolds, walking down Reynolds to the Community Centre.
 
Route 12 within Clearview operates Monday to Friday rush hour only. Residents could transfer from Route 12 to Route 4 or to Route 11 at Clarkson, or along Sheridan Garden, or with Route 11 at Ford just south of Royal Windsor.
 
Home to Hub service continues to be available (the hubs are the Oakville GO or Church and Dunn).  For residents of Clearview, Home to Hub service is available in the evenings Monday to Friday, from 9pm to 11pm.
Due to delays in grant funding piloting additional services to the CC are delayed into spring of 2021.
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Councillor Contact Information

Town Councillor Haslett-Theall:

Email:    janet.haslett-theall@oakville.ca
Phone:   289-837-3923

Regional & Town Councillor Gittings:

Email:   dave.gittings@oakville.ca
Phone:  905-844-5513

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Your Ward 3 Councillors,
Dave and Janet
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