In response to public comments and a review of trends in recreational facilities, the revised plan, adopted by the SRD board in April 2018, contains the following improvements:
- Creation of a new wellness area which will allow space for physiotherapy and rehabilitative services
- Moving the fitness centre adjacent to the wellness centre on the first floor
- Expanding aquatic, wellness and fitness programming, including dry multi-purpose program room on upper level
- Indoor 220m walking track (arena 1)
- Improved accessibility to the facility
- Enlarged universal fitness change rooms
- Additional multi-purpose rooms (four new & three renovated) including a wet room for birthday parties and training as well as better storage areas to accommodate additional programming
There is also a need for dryland training facilities for community teams that utilize the facility.
The wellness areas in Strathcona Gardens currently include a fitness studio and weight room. As the population ages and with disease such as obesity on the rise, there is growing recognition of the need for recreation facilities to support community health and well being. Recreation activities support a healthy active lifestyle and help to prevent chronic disease.