Project Background

REC-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. 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.

In 2020, the SRD submitted a second grant application request with the Canada-British Columbia Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to offset costs for the REC-REATE project, the redevelopment of Strathcona Gardens – Phase 1.

The REC-REATE project was not selected for the second round of funding where a revised schematic design approved by the SRD board in 2020 was provided. The cost estimated at that time was $50 million.

Improvements and upgrades to the ice facilities are not included in Phase 1 of the project. However, the SRD will continue to advocate and pursue future funding opportunities as they arise.

REC-REATE Phase 1 includes:


  • 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