This section provides history and context for planning for each of the main areas in the Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex—aquatics, the arenas, and the wellness areas. It includes an update on community input gathered since 2015 plus a brief overview of potential upgrades and improvements included in the preferred concept plan.
The existing Strathcona Gardens 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 Rod Brind’Amour Arena (rink 1) is part of the original foundation of the Strathcona Gardens facility being the first component of the facility to be built in 1971-72. In 1995-96, a second ice rink and the leisure ice were added. Both are popular with recreational hockey leagues, learn to skate programs, and provide needed training space for Campbell River Storm.
The wellness areas in Strathcona Gardens include a fitness studio and weight room. As the population ages and with disease such as obesity on the rise, there is a growing recognition of the connection between health and recreation. The benefits of recreation activities, both in the pool and on dry land support a healthy active lifestyle and help to prevent chronic disease.