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Parks & Recreation

SUMMERLAND COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTRE

News Release July 31, 2020

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 phase 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

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 bringing 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 will be taking place from July 2020 through early 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 is critical!

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

Community engagement starts NOW!

We need to know what you value about the existing Aquatic and Fitness Centre and what needs and priorities should be the focus for the future. We are exploring a range of possibilities including aquatics, indoor recreation, healthcare, and other community services. We want you to think broadly about what you love and what’s missing and then tell us what is most important to you.

2020 07 30 Engagement Timeline 

How can I participate?

Join us for the following public and stakeholder events to share your voice:

  • Stakeholder Questionnaires in late August (all community groups)
  • Stakeholder Workshops in late August (by invitation)
  • Online Public Survey in September
  • Online Public Workshop in September

Email recreation@summerland.ca to request to be added to the email list to receive project updates.

Continue to visit www.summerland.ca/rec-and-health-centre for regular updates on the project.

Follow the District of Summerland on social media:
FACEBOOK  www.facebook.com/SummerlandBC
TWITTER  twitter.com/@SummerlandBC

To learn more about the Consultation, Engagement and Needs Assessment, please review the Public Engagement Strategy.