The REC-REATE project was not selected for the first round of grant funding in 2019 however submitted a second grant application in October 2020.

Based on feedback on the results of the first round of funding approvals, the SRD revised the second funding application and scaled down the ask by focusing on the project’s new aquatic space, revitalization of the central area, weight room and rehabilitation/wellness space only.

Improvements and upgrades to the ice facilities were not included in the second funding request however staff will continue to advocate and pursue future funding opportunities as they arise.

Initial Grant Funding Request (2019)

In response to public comments and a review of trends in recreational facilities, the revised plan, adopted by the SRD board in April 2018 was included in the initial grant funding request.

Proposed Improvements were:

  • Arena #1 rebuilding: create a new long-span structure over the existing ice slab
  • Build new team rooms for arena #1 and renovate change rooms for arena #2
  • New ancillary rooms, i.e. first aid, referee rooms
  • Add new seating and increase/expand the seating count with the possibility of creating bucket seats and a more optimal seating arrangement
  • Redesign the entryway for arena #1 to act as a combined multi-purpose space and lobby extension

The Rod Brind’Amour Arena (rink 1) is part of the original foundation of the Strathcona Gardens facility being the first component 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 and learn to skate programs. Rink 1 is host to the Campbell River Storm.