Project Background

girl skating1REC-REATE grew out of recommendations from a 2015 needs assessment study. As part of this study, the SRD asked for public feedback on whether the facility is meeting the community’s recreational needs. A number of potential actions for the facility were identified, including operational enhancements, business planning, and redevelopment of the building. Over the last three years, the SRD project team has worked with consulting architects, engineers, recreation specialists and the community to develop a new concept design that would address gaps in service provision and aging infrastructure in need of upgrading.

A schematic design was approved by the SRD board in November 2018, with a current cost estimate of $62.1-million. Given increasing costs of construction on Vancouver Island new tariffs, particularly on steel, the SRD is preparing for that to increase further. Project financing is anticipated to be covered by grant funding as well as a reserve fund that is already being contributed to by taxpayers.

Read the full project backgrounder here.

A new aquatic centre containing:

  • 8 lane, 25m main pool tank
  • large accessible therapy pool
  • hot pool
  • leisure pool with play features and beach access style entry
  • lazy river & waterslide
  • renovated & expanded change rooms
  • new sauna and steam rooms
  • new aquatic supervision and admin spaces

Improvements and upgrades to the ice facilities:

  • 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

Improving fitness/wellness areas and activities:

  • 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

New storage and public space:

  • renovated open-concept lobby which will include a new reception area and social spaces
  • new centrally located and visible concession
  • relocate administration offices closer to program/functional areas
  • additional storage space available for facility users

Project Phases

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

Current Status

See Current Status to learn more about the project development planning.