Project Background

girl skating1REC-REATE Strathcona Gardens grew out of recommendations from a 2015 needs assessment study. The SRD wanted to determine if recreation services were meeting the needs and expectations of the community or if additional programs and services were needed, and if the existing facility would allow for the delivery of these services for the next 5 to 20 years. Through surveys of Area D and Campbell River residents, as well as public open houses and user group meetings, the SRD heard that more can be done and that the existing facility is aging.

The final report from the needs assessment study identified a number of potential actions, including operational enhancements, business planning, and redevelopment of the building. High level concept plans with cost estimates for the facility redevelopment were prepared by consulting architects HCMA Architecture + Design. The Strathcona Gardens Commission, the governing body of the Strathcona Gardens recreation complex, supported further investigations and the establishment of a reserve fund for future works based on a preferred concept with a preliminary cost estimate of $21.8 million.

The preferred concept includes a number of improvements and additions to the facility, including:

  • The addition of a wellness centre with expanded aquatic, wellness and fitness programming
  • Improved accessibility and inclusivity throughout the facility
  • Expanded and improved arena, aquatic and fitness change rooms
  • New reception and information areas
  • Increased programming opportunities with more/new multi-purpose rooms
  • New and expanded seating in Rod Brind’Amour arena (rink 1)
  • Improved overall flow of people through the facility
  • A new concession

The feasibility study confirmed the results of the original needs assessment and delivered the following additional findings:

  • Pool tank leak and capacity issues should be addressed in the initial expansion phase
  • Investment in therapy and wellness-focused expansion meets identified needs and has strong community support
  • Wellness-focused spaces provide a more positive impact on net revenue than other program spaces
  • Social role of the facility is vital to users and should not be underestimated

A capital cost estimate was an important aspect of the feasibility study. Based on the increased scope, including new leisure and hot pool, the estimated cost of the updated design concept was $40.3 million, comprising the following components:

  • Aquatics, wellness & fitness – $15.4 million
  • Leisure & hot pool upgrade – $5.0 million
  • Arena expansion, social space & multipurpose rooms – $17.5 million
  • Deferred maintenance – $1.3 million
  • Site works – $1.1 million

Project Phases

See Project Phases to learn more about the various stages of the project. 

Current Status

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