Frequently Asked Questions

What is the REC-REATE project all about?

The Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex is a well-loved and well-used recreational facility that contributes to the health and well-being of residents within the City of Campbell River, Electoral Area D and surrounding areas. It provides countless personal, social, and economic benefits to the public, and is integral to building strong communities. Key components of Strathcona Gardens were constructed in the 1970’s. Through studies and feedback from the public, we know that the facility is aging and is in need of renewal. More needs to be done to maintain and enhance this valued public asset.

The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) owns and operates Strathcona Gardens. The REC-REATE Strathcona Gardens revitalization project was created in planning for the future of the facility. The goal of REC-REATE is to renew the facility to address aging components and to meet the diverse and changing recreational needs of the community now and in the future.

Why is this happening now?

REC-REATE grew out of recommendations from a 2015 needs assessment study. The public was asked to inform the SRD how they are doing and share ideas on how to better meet recreational needs and expectations. Through surveys and open houses with Electoral Area D and City of Campbell River residents, SRD staff heard the existing facility is aging and more can be done to meet the needs of users. A number of potential actions were identified, including operational enhancements, business planning, and redevelopment of the building. High level concept plans and cost estimates were prepared.

The Strathcona Gardens Commission, the governing body responsible for making decisions relating to the administration and operation of the Strathcona Gardens recreation complex, supported further investigations and the establishment of a reserve fund for future works.

What has happened so far? What comes next?

  1. Needs Assessment and Condition Assessment Reports – Completed in 2015 and 2016
  2. Planning (Feasibility study) – Completed in 2018
  3. Grant Applications – 2019 and 2020 (unsuccessful)
  4. Procurement – Detailed Design (RFP) – Completed in March 2021
  5. Detailed Design – Started Spring 2021 and completed Summer 2022
  6. Tender (ITT) – Subject to funding
  7. Construction – Subject to funding

What is included in Phase 1 of the REC-REATE project ?


  • 8-lane 25m lap pool
    • 1m springboard
    • Climbing wall
  • Leisure Pool
    • Beach entry
    • Tot splash zone with spray features
    • Lazy River
  • Wellness pool
  • Hot pool
  • Waterslide
  • Universal and gendered changerooms
  • Lifeguard room and first aid station


  • Aquatic patio
  • Outdoor social heart
  • Improved drop off area
  • New landscaping


  • 3 multipurpose rooms

Wellness Centre

  • Wellness reception and waiting area
  • 5 new treatment rooms
  • 5 new assessment rooms

Fitness Area

  • Large fitness rooms in renovated existing natatorium

Admin + Gathering

  • New administrative offices
  • New reception area with office
  • Renovated lobby & gathering area


  • Purpose-built ice melt pit

With the exception of the ice melting pit, improvements and upgrades to the ice facilities identified in the feasibility study are not included in Phase 1 however the SRD will continue to advocate and pursue future funding opportunities as they arise.

What funding opportunities have the SRD applied for?

In January 2019, The SRD made an application to the Canada-British Columbia Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Community, Culture and Recreation Stream in an effort to offset costs. This application was not successful.

In October 2020, The Regional District made a second application to the ICIP Program – Community, Culture and Recreation Stream to offset project costs. This application included a smaller scope of work for the wellness centre and this application was not successful.

In June 2022, the SRD applied to the UBCM Strategic Priorities Fund for a $6 million dollar grant to support the construction of the new aquatic centre.  Announcements are anticipated in Spring 2023.

The Regional District will recommend the SRD Board to submit a grant application to any suitable program and is monitoring the Green and Inclusive Communities Building (GICB) Program. We’re anticipating a second intake will be announced soon.

When will the ice arenas be revitalized?

With the exception of the ice melting pit; improvements and upgrades to the ice facilities are not included in Phase 1 of the REC-REATE project. However, the SRD will continue to advocate and pursue future funding opportunities as they arise.

Based on the Detailed Design, how much will Phase 1 of the project cost?

The total project cost to build the REC-REATE project Phase 1 will be determined once the Class A cost report is developed by our Construction Manager and Quantity Surveyor. We anticipate more information this June 2022.

How will parking be affected by the new project design?

For the majority of the operating year the remaining parking spaces will be plentiful and exceed BC Building code requirements for the Strathcona Gardens facility capacity. During special events, SRD will work its neighbours to try to secure additional off-street parking. Additional covered bike parking spaces including charge points for e-bikes will support those who elect to commute to the centre by bike instead of car.

What does Phase 1 Detailed Design look like?

Click HERE to see images of the detailed design plans developed by HCMA Architecture + Design.