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City takes aim at over-40 swimmers

Throngs of children and teenagers have been taking the plunge at Moody Park Outdoor Pool, but the facility is also a hit among the over-40 crowd.
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Marching orders: Aqua-Fit instructor Bianca leads a class at the Moody Park Outdoor Pool. While the pool normally attracts a younger clientele, it's offering new programs that appeal to an older demographic.

Throngs of children and teenagers have been taking the plunge at Moody Park Outdoor Pool, but the facility is also a hit among the over-40 crowd.

Moody Park Outdoor Pool has been offering an over-40s swim and an over-40s aqua-fit class on Thursday mornings.

"We did it last year on a trial run," said Hilary Knowles, manager of Canada Games Pool. "The response was overwhelming."

While the swim is offered on a dropin basis, the aqua-size program requires registration because a certain number of people are required in order to make it cost-effective.

"We exceeded it," Knowles said. "The total registration is 25 per class. It maxed out at 25."

Many of the participants participate in programs at Canada Games Pool or Century House but enjoy the experience of attending the outdoor classes.

"The over-40s love it. A lot of them say it brings back nice memories of being there," Knowles said. "I must say, on rainy days, attendance does drop. Religiously, even in poor weather we get at least 15."

The $5-million Moody Park Outdoor Pool opened in July 2009. It replaced Kiwanis Pool, which had been located in Moody Park for 60 years.

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