Project Quick Facts

Project

REC-REATE – Strathcona Gardens Revitalization Project

Need

Aging facility can’t meet full demand for programs and services.

Goal

Provide an improved facility that meets the community’s recreational needs and provides for future development of services in sustainable/safe/inclusive environment.

Timeline

  • Planning/Consultation: 2015 – 2017
  • Construction: 2020 (target – subject to funding)

Project Team

  • Governance: Strathcona Gardens Commission
  • Feasibility Study Consultants: HCMA Architecture + Design
  • Community Advisory Group: Campbell River + Area D citizens
  • Project Coordination: Strathcona Regional District staff

 

Project Cost Estimate:

  • $40.3 million  

Potential Funding sources:

  • Government grants
  • Strathcona Gardens Facility Redevelopment Reserve (funded by Electoral Area D and City of Campbell River

Background on Current Facility

Address: 225 S. Dogwood St. Campbell River

Owner/Operator: Strathcona Regional District

Originally Constructed:

1972: Rod Brind’Amour Arena                                                    

1979: Main Pool                                                                                      

1996: Rink 2, Leisure ice, leisure pool, lobby

 

Average # Annual Users:  150,000                                                   

Population served by the facility: 36,700 (2016)

Projected population: 41,500 (2035)

Total Staff: 90

Available Parking: 200+ spaces

Accessibility Features: Ex: Aquatic chair, dressing rooms, aquatic wheelchairs, lift to second floor.

 

EXISTING RECREATIONAL FACILITIES/FEATURES

Arenas

  • Rod Brind’Amour Arena (rink 1) – 85×200 ft., 742 seats
  • Rink 2 – 85×200 ft., 150 seats
  • Leisure ice area – 4,000 sq/ft.
  • Dressing rooms (4 for rink 1, 6 for rink 2)
  • Skate Shop: sharpening and rental services                         

Aquatics

  • Main Pool – 37.5 m
  • Leisure pool and waterslide
  • Hot tub, dry and steam saunas
  • Change rooms

 

Fitness         

  • Weight room
  • Fitness Studio

Other

  • Concession
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Offices
  • Lobby, ancillary spaces

SNAPSHOT OF TODAY’S STRATHCONA GARDENS — — USERS

Strathcona Gardens is a well-used recreational facility in the community. According to a survey in 2015:

  • 71% of area households reported having at least one member use the facility
  • 72% of CR households had at least one household member visit
  • 64% of Area D households had at least one household member visit
  • 95% of area households with children at home used Strathcona Gardens

Aquatic facilities have the highest level of use, followed by ice and/or floor (ice out) facilities

The highest use of fitness/rehabilitation activities or programs is by older users: 55-64 (22%) and 65+(17%)

 

POTENTIAL RECOMMENDATIONS BEING CONSIDERED

Ice Arena                                                                                                     

  • New entry/lobby to rink 1
  • New change rooms for rink 1
  • Renovated change rooms for rink 2
  • New long-span structure over existing ice slab
  • New/expanded seating

Aquatic

  • Expanded main tank (6-8 lanes)
  • New therapy pool, new sauna and steam rooms
  • Renovated and expanded change rooms
  • Larger pool deck, more storage on pool deck area
  • Optional leisure and hot pool replacement                                        

 

Overall Function                                                                                     

  • Improved accessibility and inclusivity
  • Improved overall flow through facility
  • Increased programming opportunities
  • More/new multi-purpose rooms
  • Incorporate green technologies                

Other Facilities

  • Development of a wellness centre
  • Expanded wellness programming
  • Enlarged universal fitness change rooms
  • Renovated concession area
  • Additional social spaces

KEY DATES – STRATHCONA GARDENS PLANNING

  • 1998  Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex Operational Review
  • 2006  Arena Facility Needs Report (September), Wellness Centre Final Report (October
  • 2007   Building Condition Report
  • Jan 2015  Launch of REC-REATE community engagement process
  • Jan-Mar, 2015  Community survey, interviews and workshops with user groups and community
  • Jun 30, 2015  Facility Needs Assessment – Final report submitted
  • Feb 2016  Strathcona Gardens Commission establishes reserve fund to support REC-REATE
  • Jun 2016 Feasibility study for improvement
  • Fall 2016  SRD creates Community Advisory Group to share input/info on REC-REATE project
  • Jun 2017  Feasibility study presented to Strathcona Gardens Commission