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Clarkson Community Centre Pool Expansion Wins “Facility of Merit Award”

Apr 10, 2013

Today, Mississauga City Council formally received a “Facility of Merit” award from Athletic Business Magazine for the Clarkson Community Centre Pool Expansion project. The award was presented to the City and the project architects, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller (MJM), at the Annual Athletic Business Conference in New Orleans in November 2012.

“Residents waited a long time to have a community pool, and this building expansion has exceeded expectations,” said Ward 2 Councillor Pat Mullin. “I want to thank residents for their patience, and City staff and architects for the innovative design and programing that now makes Clarkson Community Centre a complete and vibrant community facility.”

Athletic Business is an internationally recognized and industry leading print and online magazine which for 35 years has provided information on professional issues, services and products to the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. The 2012 Athletic Business Facility of Merit awards were selected by a panel of sports and recreation facility architects during two days of judging in Chicago. Winners were highlighted in the December issue of the online publication.

“The community’s tremendous response to this project has already indicated that the Clarkson Community Centre pool addition is a winner,” added Community Services Commissioner Paul Mitcham. “This is a great example of how getting the community involved with the right partners and professionals gets results – a building that is beautiful as well as practical and functional.”

According to the judges’ review, the 22,000 square foot building expansion increases the facility’s presence from the main street and links the facility to the skate park while also maintaining and improving community access to existing pedestrian and cycling routes. Strategically placed windows open up the building to the exterior with natural light and to the interior with views to the pool and library. The new lobby extends the public space from the street into the heart of the community centre, and abundant seating, landscaping and bicycle parking encourage informal, spontaneous community interaction.

For more information about Clarkson Community Centre and Pool and the programs offered at this and other City pool locations, go to For more detail about the “Facility of Merit” award, contact Julie Mitchell, facility manager, Clarkson & Port Credit at 905-615-3200 Ext. 2122, or

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