In response to the technical issues with the current pool basin, public comments and a review of trends in recreational facilities, the revised plan, adopted by the SRD board in April 2018, contains the following improvements:
- 8 lane, 25m main pool tank
- Large, accessible therapy pool
- Hot pool
- Leisure pool with play features and beach access style entry
- Lazy river & waterslide
- Renovated & expanded change rooms
- New sauna and steam rooms
- New aquatic supervision and admin spaces
The existing Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex aquatic offerings includes a 37.5m pool, a leisure pool, water slide, hot tub, steam room and sauna as well as associated change rooms.
The original lap pool was constructed in 1978. The leisure pool, hot tub and waterslide were added as part of a renovation in 1995. Upper pool seating was also added at this time which was later made into the current weight room. Various smaller renovations have taken place since 1995, including a 2010 renovation to the pool hall change room and pool deck. As part of this renovation, the slab on grade for the pool deck and the change room areas were replaced, and the concrete masonry unit walls in the change rooms were removed. The change rooms were also reconfigured at this time.
Swimming is a popular activity for people of all ages. Trends in recreation show that swimming lessons are the primary market for indoor pools however participation in such activities tends to decline after the age of 10. An aging population brings increased demand for therapeutic pools and programs aimed at rehabilitation and therapeutic requirements, a trend that has been observed at Strathcona Gardens.