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swimming, fitness classes, recreation pro- grams, and multi-purpose rooms for meet- ings and events.” The city commissioned Jennifer Snead to provide a piece of public artwork, “City by

the Water”, as part of the overall décor. “We owe so much to our forefathers who settled in what is now the city of Ottawa”, stated Mayor Watson. “From humble begin- nings, the small communities founded by

our early settlers have grown into a vibrant city with modern infrastructure including this beautiful facility that will enhance the quality of life for our residents for many years to come.”


ORLÉANS | One of the first settlers in the Cumberland-Orléans area is now part of the community’s recreation legacy with the official opening of the François Dupuis Recreation Centre. The new facility is the first new public pool to open in the Orléans area since the community and outlying areas amalgamat- ed with the City of Ottawa. The state-of-the- art recreation centre is named in honour of François Dupuis, one of the earliest settlers in the Cumberland-Orléans area and one of the co-founders of the first Catholic church in the area in 1860. Members of the Dupuis family gathered with Mayor JimWatson and Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais to mark the official opening of the $18 million facility. “On the part of the Dupuis family,” stated Fleur Ange Dupuis, “I would like to express my sincerest thanks to Diego Elizondo and Louis V. Patry for the research done and the steps taken to bring this project to a suc- cessful conclusion. I would also like to thank the SFOPHO (Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l'histoire d'Orléans) as well as Coun. Stephen Blais for their support, and Mayor JimWatson for his presence here today." Located at 2263 Portobello Boulevard at the east end of Orléans, construction of the new recreation centre began in Octo- ber 2011 with the City of Ottawa budget- ing the entire amount. Designed and built by GRC Architects, MHPM Project Manage- ment, and Laurin Construction, the centre features a 25-metre six-lane pool accessible to all, along with a 17.5-metre leisure pool, sauna, community meeting rooms, and a fitness/cardio centre. “When we first started planning for this new facility, it was immediately apparent how much this recreation centre would benefit Orléans”, stated Coun. Blais. “It is a place where families of all ages can enjoy


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