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RECREATION CENTRE FEASIBILITY & SITE FIT STUDY

Through a Request for Proposal procurement process, the District has retained Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects, along with their supporting team, to complete a Feasibility and Site Fit Study for the Recreation Centre. This project will be used for grant applications to obtain capital funding support and further decision making.

The objectives of this project are:

  • To explore options for the site and facility layout for a new or renovated Recreation Centre including aquatics, fitness centre, group fitness room, multipurpose room, and administration and support spaces. Options will also include child care space and a community gymnasium, which could potentially be phased in.
  • To confirm the preferred site and facility layout option.
  • To confirm capital costs and operational business plan.
The Final Report will be used for grant applications to obtain capital funding support and further decision making. 

On February 28, 2022, the Final Report was presented to Council and is available here:
Recreation Feasibility & Site Fit Study (3.18MB PDF)
Recreation Centre Feasibility & Site Fit Study Appendices - supporting reports (19.67 MB PDF)

Council supported two key decisions through resolution - confirming the site location of 8820 Jubilee Road East beside the Summerland Arena & Curling Club as the preferred site strategy and targeting spring of 2023 for a referendum to obtain elector assent to enter long-term borrowing, which also allows time for staff to seek out possible grant funding support.

On April 25, 2022 Council reviewed and supported project next steps:

  • Continue with minor supporting studies to improve precision of cost estimates.  This will include civil connections and geotechnical assessments of the site as well as an assessment of sustainability options and standards for the new building.
  • Childcare facility to be considered as a future site enhancement after the Aquatic/Recreation Centre has been constructed.
  • Continue to provide community information and stakeholder consultation.
  • Monitor grant opportunities, finalize project costs and develop a funding strategy.
  • Proposed target date for a public referendum is spring 2023.

On May 24, 2022 Council passed a resolution for staff to submit an application to the UBCM Strategic Priorities Fund delivered through the Canada Community-Building Fund in British Columbia to obtain $6,000,000 funding towards the Summerland Recreation Centre project.



BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Have Your Say!

A Recreation Centre only happens once every 40-50 years, so community input is critical.  The District of Summerland is exploring facility design options at two locations for the replacement of the Summerland Aquatic & Fitness Centre:

  • rebuild or renovate on existing site at 13205 Kelly Avenue
  • build on the Summerland Arena site at 8820 Jubilee Road

Community engagement took place from November 15 to 29, 2021 through Public Open House sessions, a public survey with 493 respondents, and display boards set up at the Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Arena and District Hall.

Information Display Boards

OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION BOARDS (9.83 MB PDF)

Please see the project Engagement Plan for more details around stakeholder and community engagement.

Image of Recreation Centre Replacement Timeline

How is the Primary Health Care Centre being considered?
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.  However, the Recreation Centre Feasibility Study and Site Fit project will determine if a new Primary Health Centre could fit alongside the Recreation Centre.

Visit the following webpage for more information:
Health Centre Feasibility Study

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.
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