Winnipeg Jewish Review  
Site Search:
Home  |  Archives  |  Contact Us
Features Local Israel Next Generation Arts/Op-Eds Editorial/Letters Links Obituary/In Memoriam

Debbie Hoffman President of the Rady JCC, Marjorie Blankstein, Matthew Narvey, President of the Asper Campus
Photo by: Manny Sousa

Photo by: Manny Sousa

Gayle Waxman, Executive Director of the Asper Campus, Marjorie Blankstein, Curtis Martin, Executive Director of the Asper Campus
Photo by: Manny Sousa

Photo by: Manny Sousa

Photo by: Manny Sousa

Grand Reopening of Rady JCC pool and Fitfest held

by Rhonda Spivak, March 15, 2017

On Sunday February 5th, an official ceremony for the grand reopening of the Rady JCC pool was held at the Asper Campus auditorium.

The major attraction is a brand new $100,000 water slide that was installed by Commercial Pool, which also maintains the pool itself.


The renovation, which amounted to $380,000, also involved a beautiful, completely new pool deck done by Fabris and Watts. The previous acrylic deck was 20 years old, and was becoming difficult to maintain. New energy efficient LED lighting in the pool area was supplied by Superlite. The pool area also underwent a fresh coat of paint, and new lockers were added to the family change room.


Gayle Waxman, executive director of the Rady JCC, says “The project was managed by Curtis Martin , executive director at the Asper Campus and was completed in record time. We have had very positive feedback from the public about the renovations and the new water slide.” 

In order to determine which lucky members would be first down the slide, participants submitted stories about their time in the pool. Some stories went back as far as the old YMHA on Hargrave Avenue.

Among the winners were Micha Elazar, Asher Schwartz, David Shrom, Isle Slotin and Simon and Paul Narvey.



Jim Carr, member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, issued the following greetings for the grand reopening of the pool:

“I want to thank you for inviting me to be a part of the festivities today. Please accept my regrets that I am not able to be there personally.

The Rady JCC is a cornerstone of our community. Not only does it help our community lead healthy lives by providing state-of-the-art facilities that offer a variety of activities and spaces to play, grow and learn together. It is also a welcoming, cultural space that is open to all, and I am proud to be a member.

Thank you for your leadership in helping individuals grow to their full potential and to lead healthy lives with FitFest and this renewed facility. I look forward to enjoying the newly renovated space when I am back in my home community.

Congratulations on this exciting day and I wish you a successful event."


A portion of the renovation cost was undertaken by the RJCC and fundraising, while the federal government provided funding of $180,000 to the Asper Campus, a grant in celebration of Canada 150.

The Rady JCC has some 4000 children in its aquatic programs and the new waterslide is expected to be a big hit with young families. The Rady JCC also has a large aqua fitness program. Waxman says that “ The waterslide and pool are getting well used – as always.  The waterslide is open Saturday and Sundays from 1:30 to 3:30 every week and on special occasions.  For example, we will be opening the water slide for our next Tween program on March 25 from 6:30 – 9:30.” 

The grand reopening of the pool coincided with the Rady JCC Fitfest on February 5th, which  offered free massage, cutting edge fitness classes, waterslide and family swim, group cycle and fitness challenges, fat tire outdoor bikes, free reflexology, wall climbing and prizes. According to Waxman, about 900 people participated in Fitfest throughout the course of the day.


<<Previous Article       Next Article >>
Subscribe to the Winnipeg Jewish Review
  • RBC Passover
  • Fillmore Riley passover
  • Winters Autobody
  • Scott Fielding Passover
  • Red River Cooperative Ltd
  • Markus Chambers
  • Coughlin Insurance
  • Munroe Pharmacy
  • Imperial Soap
  • Jewish Child and Family Service
  • GTP
  • Nick's Inn
  • Sobey's Passover
  • commercial pool
  • Booke and Partners
  • Jack Lipkin
  • daniel friedman /rob dalgleish passover
  • Maric Homes
  • Tradesman Mechanical
  • Accurate Lawn & Garden
  • Fetching Style
  • thorvaldson care
  • ted lyons family passover
  • bob freedman passover
  • chisick  family passover
  • avrum charach family passover
  • shinewald
  • john mcgoey pitlado
  • shindico passover
  • munroe dental
  • j-hansen-larry-chuprun-hvac
  • gray academy passover
  • superlite
  • john orlikow passover
  • ross eadie passover
  • danita and michel aziza passover
  • Lanny Silver Architect
  • Hub
  • city sheet metal
  • orthodox union Passover
  • ron zimmerman
  • kromar printing
  • brian gertenstein doheny securities
  • Dakota Chiropractic Office ali raizman
  • Myers LLP Joel Dudeck
  • Taverna Rodos
  • ralph irwin
  • Ambassador Mechanical
  • chochy's pawn shop
  • global philanthropic passover
  • laufman reprographics
  • rudy and gina fidel
  • bridges for peace passover
  • james bezan
  • ted falk
  • fair service
  • broadway law group
  • abe and toni berenhaut-Passover
  • peerless garments
  • bernie lofchick
  • erickson motors
  • grant kurian trucking passover
  • seer logging passover
  • Shoppers Passover
  • Kristina's
  • The Center for Near East Policy Research Ltd.
  • Sarel Canada
  • Santa Lucia Pizza
  • Center for Near East Policy Research
  • Roofco Winnipeg Roofing
  • Center for Near East Policy Research
  • Nachum Bedein
Rhonda Spivak, Editor

Publisher: Spivak's Jewish Review Ltd.

Opinions expressed in letters to the editor or articles by contributing writers are not necessarily endorsed by Winnipeg Jewish Review.