New Westminster City Council has announced the City will pursue two design options for the future New Westminster aquatics and community centre following the completion of the latest phase of public consultation. City staff will explore design options for a community recreation facility based on the initial proposed solution, as well for a facility with enhanced competition hosting capabilities. City Council will support the construction of an enhanced competition hosting facility if the City is successful in obtaining a significant Federal Government grant.
From February to April 2018, the City of New Westminster led a broad community and stakeholder engagement process aimed at building upon previous studies and consultation, as well as gauging the community’s support for the recommendations made in the 2017 Aquatics and Community Centre Feasibility Study. The engagement process consisted of a series of public meetings, stakeholder meetings, pop-up community events, a survey, and a digital information campaign.
The 2017 Feasibility Study included three concepts for the new facility, and option #3, which includes a 54m x 8 lane pool with community-focused deck space, was selected as the preferred option by the Mayor’s Task Force on the Canada Games Pool and Centennial Community Centre as it was determined to be the most suitable based on site constraints, budget, and programming requirements. Through the public engagement process, the community demonstrated support for the proposed option with 72% of survey respondents indicating that they believe this accurately reflects the overall needs and priorities for New Westminster.
In addition to preparing Federal and Provincial Infrastructure Grant applications, next steps for the project also include issuing a request for proposals to secure a design team to develop detailed designs, conducting a parking analysis for both facility options, as well as commencing technical studies to assist in establishing further certainty around project scope and costing.
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