The National Aquatic Complex Project

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1 July, 2021

A rendering, indicative of our vision, by Mr. Douglas Cardinal, an internationally renowned Ottawa architect.

Deep water access indoor pools for all members and disciplines of the aquatic community in Ottawa is in a desperate state!

Peter J. Lawrence, a coach and athlete in the aquatic community since 1962, began a mission in 2017 to bring a state-of-the-art, technically advanced aquatic facility to the Nation’s Capital.

Peter J. Lawrence

Inspired by some of the most advanced sports facilities throughout the world, the National Aquatic Complex’s (NAqC) innovative design will house two 50m, 10 lane FINA compliant pools, a separate 25m x 25m Dive Tank and will include one of the first indoor high diving platforms in the world.

Gymnasiums, a weight room, a jogging track, banquet halls, meeting rooms and restaurants will give indoor sports such as basketball, volleyball, racket sports, gymnastics, trampoline, martial arts, biathlon, triathlon and more, the facility and event hosting support they need.

This fully accessible 400,000 square foot environment will also showcase the latest in audio/visual equipment, electronic officiating and broadcast capabilities ensuring an outstanding experience for both user and spectator.

Swimming, Artistic Swimming, Water Polo, Diving and High Diving will attract a multitude of International, National and World-class Competitions. The NAqC’s objective of realizing millions of dollars in sport tourism, will aid in the support of our athletes and community. This jewel will be the destination for high performance able bodied and para-sport athletes. Bidding on events such as Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, and the World Aquatics Championships, will restore Canada’s Capital as a destination for sport.

Designed from an eco-conscious perspective, the Complex will feature water, air and energy conservation technology researched and studied around the world. Pools will have moveable floors to accommodate all athletes. Consultants from England, Ireland, Australia, Netherlands, USA, and Canada contributed to the process.

The National Aquatic Complex is backed by more than 30 Letters of Support. ALL from National, Provincial and Local Aquatic Organizations and numerous Sport Governing bodies. With the persistence of the company Board of Directors, a team of Governors and volunteers, we all agree that this Complex is long overdue!

While we settle with the NCC (National Capital Commission) on suitable land, Peter Lawrence’s leadership is seeing this vision materialize.

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