Parks & Recreation


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Final Needs Assessment & Community Engagement Summary (16MB PDF)

Project Update

At the February 8, 2021 Council meeting, Council provided staff direction to proceed with a Feasibility and Site Fit Study to include:

  • Aquatics - 6 lane pool, leisure pool, family hot tub, 3 changerooms, sauna or steam room, staffing areas and mechanical spaces
  • Fitness Centre
  • Activity Group Fitness Room
  • Multipurpose Room
  • Administration and Support Spaces
  • Child Care Space (potentially phased-in)
  • Gymnasium (potentially phased-in)
  • Siting at 2 locations: existing Summerland Aquatic & Fitness Centre site and the Summerland Arena site
  • Inclusion of exploring the feasibility of renovating and expanding the expanding the existing facility to include the same components as noted above

Council provided direction to include engagement with the Penticton Indian Band for this project.

At the February 22, 2021 Council meeting, council provided staff direction to conduct a Primary Health Care Centre feasibility study separate from the Aquatic & Recreation feasibility study while including the Primary Health Care Centre in the Site Fit study associated with the proposed Aquatic & Recreation facility.

What’s happening?

The District of Summerland is planning for the replacement of the Aquatic and Fitness Centre and exploring the potential of the inclusion of a Primary Care Health Centre as part of Council’s strategic priority projects.

The project will be undertaken over a series of phases and work back from October 2022, where the potential funding of this project will need to be determined – most likely through a Borrowing Bylaw that the District will require community approval for.  Funding from other levels of government, including potential partners would also be identified as part of the process over the coming years.

Timeline RHC

Frequently Asked Questions

See FAQ's Document (179KB PDF)

Project Scope

The Project Scope was determined through recommendations identified in the Parks & Recreation Master Plan (2018), the Summerland Aquatic & Fitness Centre Facility Condition Assessment (2018), the work of the Summerland Community Recreation & Health Centre Steering Committee and input from staff and Council.

Community Engagement and Needs Assessment

After the District of Summerland initiated a Request for Proposal procurement process, the proposal from Carscadden & Lees was awarded the contract to implement project visioning, a comprehensive community consultation and engagement process and a facility needs assessment.

Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects is a collaborative, full-service architectural studio.  Lees & Associates is an engagement and landscape planning and design firm.  These firms are brought together a team of eight professionals specializing in project management, architecture, planning, engagement, recreation facilities and health service delivery.  Both firms have extensive experience in planning, designing, and building quality aquatic, recreation and health facilities in British Columbia and the Okanagan.

These two steps were conducted from July 2020 through January 2021.

The District is also working to develop partnerships that may mean that this facility can meet community needs beyond being a pool and fitness centre. We are talking to a range of healthcare professionals, the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice, Interior Health, and School District 67. The District is also seeking input from the Penticton Indian Band.

Your participation was critical!

Planning a new recreation facility only happens every 40 to 50 years. Your participation set the direction for the project. We need to understand how this facility can help Summerland become an even better place to live.

We explored a range of possibilities including aquatics, indoor recreation, healthcare and other community services.

2020 07 30 Engagement Timeline 
  • Stakeholder Questionnaires completed in August 2020 (all community groups)
  • Stakeholder Workshops completed in  August 2020 (by invitation)
  • Online survey closed October 4, 2020 (over 600 responses!)
  • Online Public Open Houses on September 24, 2020
  • Second Online Survey closed January 3, 2021 (386 responses)
To learn more about the Consultation, Engagement and Needs Assessment, please review the Public Engagement Strategy (825 KM PDF).

Online Public Open House

Thank you to those who participated at the Zoom Webinar Public Open House on September 24.  Please view the comments on the Mural Boards:
4:00 pm session (1MB PDF)
5:00 pm session (934KB PDF)
6:00 pm session (749KB PDF)

Draft Engagement Summary and Draft Program & Space Needs Summary (November 30, 2020)

The District of Summerland held a first round of engagement with the public and stakeholders to explore the community's needs and preferences for a new Community Recreation and Health Centre.  The results were used to develop a Draft Program & Space Requirements report, which included a concept for a new facility with a recommended core program and options for several additional secondary elements. 
Community Engagement Summary (1MB PDF)
Program & Space Requirements Summary (1.1MB PDF)
Council Presentation Slides (2.4MB PDF)

Final Needs Assessment & Community Engagement Summary (January 18, 2021)

The Final Needs Assessment & Community Engagement Summary was presented to Council on January 25, 2021.  The consultants provided the results of the final public online survey as well as details on the core items and secondary options that could be included in a new facility.
Final Needs Assessment & Community Engagement Summary (16MB PDF)

What is Next?

Council will be confirming the scope of the project (core and enhancement components). A Feasibility Study and Site Fit Analysis are the next milestones to be completed in 2021.

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