A future multi-use aquatic facility in Red Deer will be located at either the Rotary Recreation site or Michener North lands, after City Council narrowed down potential sites at today’s regular City Council meeting. Scoping, design and cost were all considered as part of tonight’s considerations.
“This decision is a significant step towards realizing the long standing vision of an aquatics centre facility. City Council adopted the scope and design with consideration of the site options to be debated in 2021,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “There has been considerable uncertainty about this future project for many years and tonight’s direction moves it forward so our community is ready to proceed when economic conditions are more favourable in the future.”
At this time, the proposed facility includes a 53M x 25M pool with 10 lanes, ranging in depth from 2.5M to 3.8M with diving platforms at the deep end and two 1.5M movable bulkheads, which is in alignment with International Swimming Federation (FINA) standards and Swim Alberta recommendations.
The proposed facility will also include a 25M x 20.6M pool with eight lanes. Two hot tubs, steam and sauna amenities, universal change rooms, spectator seating for up to 750 people, storage, sport group dryland training area, and staff supports are also accounted for in the design.
The projected capital cost of constructing the facility is dependent on when and where it is built; however, initial projections put the capital cost at approximately $51,600,000 (in 2020 dollars) not including land, site development and soft costs. The net operating expense is $3.14 million (in 2020 dollars). To date, City Council has approved up to $7 million for Phase 1 of this project, as well as detailed design for the facility. Approximately $6 million remains unspent, which can be applied to the cost of the facility if The City’s proceeds with the project.
“Through this process, we engaged with the Central Alberta Aquatic Committee (CAAC) and sought input and advice from provincial sport organizations. Based on this engagement and with City Council’s direction, we have focused on scoping that ensures the proposed facility enables us to host various aquatic sport competitions and training as well as provide the citizens of Red Deer with options for public lane swim, aquatic exercise, aquatic instruction, and other programs,” said Sarah Tittemore, Community Services General Manager.
With today’s presentation to City Council, Phase 1 of the multi-use aquatic facility project is complete with City Council resolving that the future multi-use aquatic facility be constructed based on the scope, design, and costing as presented. City Council also directed administration to continue to look towards moving the project into The City’s 10-year capital plan during future budget debate processes.
With the adoption of tonight’s resolution, site determination will be considered by City Council in the second quarter of 2021.
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