Project Quick Facts




REC-REATE – Strathcona Gardens Revitalization Project


Aging facility can’t meet full demand for programs and services.


Provide an improved facility that meets the community’s recreational needs and provides for future development of services in sustainable/safe/inclusive environment.


  • The Needs Assessment and Condition Assessment Reports – Completed in 2015 and 2016
  • Planning (Feasibility study) – Completed in 2018
  • Grant Applications – 2019 and 2020 (waiting for approval on last application)
  • Procurement (RFP) – Completed in March 2021
  • The Detailed Design and Permitting – Start Spring 2021 and to be completed Spring 2022
  • Tender (ITT subject to funding) – Subject to funding estimate anticipated Summer 2022
  • Construction (subject to funding) – subject to funding estimate start anticipated Fall 2022

Project Cost Estimate

The cost to complete detailed design will be determined once procurement to select a prime consultant and subconsultants is completed.

Potential funding sources:

Canada-British Columbia Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Background on Current Facility

Address: 225 S. Dogwood St. Campbell River

Owner/Operator: Strathcona Regional District

Originally Constructed:

1972: Rod Brind’Amour Arena                                                    

1979: Main Pool                                                                                      

1996: Rink 2, Leisure ice, leisure pool, lobby


Average # Annual Users:  150,000                                                   

Population served by the facility: 36,700 (2016)

Projected population: 41,500 (2035)

Total Staff: 90

Available Parking: 200+ spaces

Accessibility Features: Ex: Aquatic chair, dressing rooms, aquatic wheelchairs, lift to second floor.




  • Rod Brind’Amour Arena (rink 1) – 85×200 ft., 742 seats
  • Rink 2 – 85×200 ft., 150 seats
  • Leisure ice area – 4,000 sq/ft.
  • Dressing rooms (4 for rink 1, 6 for rink 2)
  • Skate Shop: sharpening and rental services                         


  • Main Pool – 37.5 m
  • Leisure pool and waterslide
  • Hot tub, dry and steam saunas
  • Change rooms



  • Weight room
  • Fitness Studio


  • Concession
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Offices
  • Lobby, ancillary spaces


Strathcona Gardens is a well-used recreational facility in the community. According to a survey in 2015:

  • 71% of area households reported having at least one member use the facility
  • 72% of CR households had at least one household member visit
  • 64% of Area D households had at least one household member visit
  • 95% of area households with children at home used Strathcona Gardens

Aquatic facilities have the highest level of use, followed by ice and/or floor (ice out) facilities

The highest use of fitness/rehabilitation activities or programs is by older users: 55-64 (22%) and 65+(17%)


Overall Function                                                                                     

  • Improved accessibility and inclusivity
  • Improved overall flow through facility
  • Increased programming opportunities
  • More/new multi-purpose rooms
  • Incorporate green technologies                

Other Facilities

  • Development of a wellness centre
  • Expanded wellness programming
  • Enlarged universal fitness change rooms
  • Renovated concession area
  • Additional social spaces


  • 1998  Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex Operational Review
  • 2006  Arena Facility Needs Report (September), Wellness Centre Final Report (October
  • 2007   Building Condition Report
  • Jan 2015  Launch of REC-REATE community engagement process
  • Jan-Mar 2015  Community survey, interviews and workshops with user groups and community
  • Jun 30, 2015  Facility Needs Assessment – Final report submitted
  • Feb 2016  Strathcona Gardens Commission establishes reserve fund to support REC-REATE
  • Jun 2016 Feasibility study for improvement
  • Fall 2016  SRD creates Community Advisory Group to share input/info on REC-REATE project
  • Jun 2017  Feasibility study presented to Strathcona Gardens Commission
  • Sept-Oct 2017  Interactive public events were held in September 2017, and update meetings for the public and user groups were held in October. An online survey garnered input from over 350 residents with over 95 per cent of respondents saying they feel Strathcona Gardens plays an important role in providing the region with recreation services, and they support a major redevelopment of the facility. 
  • April 2018  Revised design approved by SRD board  
  • Nov 2018  Schematic design approved by SRD board
  • Jan 2019 Grant application submitted to the Canada-British Columbia Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Community, Culture and Recreation Stream
  • March 2020 Initial Grant application not approved for funding
  • June 2020 Announcement of Second Funding Grant Opportunity
  • Oct 2020 Second grant application submitted to the Canada-British Columbia Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program