Parks & Recreation

Community Engagement and Needs Assessment – background information

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 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 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.

Community Participation is 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.

Public Engagement_Needs Assesment 

  • 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, 2020.  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)

News Release Dec 16, 2020
News Release Sept 17, 2020
News Release July 31, 2020

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.

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