Parksville Aquatic and Recreation Centre

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In 2019, Parksville Council directed staff to prepare a request for proposals for a feasibility study for a swimming pool and multiplex facility in Parksville. The feasibility study final report for the development of a modern, multi-purpose community recreation complex was presented to Council in November 2020:

  • Aquatics - six lane, 25 metre swimming pool, separate leisure water with zero entry, therapeutic swim channel, hot tub and play amenities/spaces.
  • Community recreation centre multiplex with public and multi-purpose space designed to meet flexible community needs and accommodate small, medium and large public events.
  • Gymnasium and indoor fitness track, roof top amenity.
  • Accessible change rooms.

For the past twenty years, there has been considerable discussion about the need for a new swimming pool and more indoor recreational and community space in the Oceanside area. The feasibility study which built on consultation with sports and recreation groups and the public, concluded there is a need for a new aquatic and recreation centre in Parksville. Council wishes to move this concept forward and recognizes the result must be affordable and in the best long-term interests of taxpayers, sports and recreation groups and the community.

The proposed site for the aquatic recreation centre is city-owned land on Despard Avenue and along with an elementary school, tennis courts, baseball fields, off-leash dog park and open spaces, will form a popular community hub and destination.

We are eager to start the conversation about the potential of this exciting new facility and look forward to engaging the public in person once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we will look to online opportunities for community input. We encourage you to spend some time on this site to familiarize yourself with the available details and hope you will become engaged as this project progresses.

Below you will find information on the following:

Community Engagement
Phase 1 - Feasibility
Phase 2 - Detailed Design Phase
Proposed Site
Financial Information


Do you have a question or comment?


Swimming pool, leisure pool and hot tub



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Heart

Versatility

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In 2019, Parksville Council directed staff to prepare a request for proposals for a feasibility study for a swimming pool and multiplex facility in Parksville. The feasibility study final report for the development of a modern, multi-purpose community recreation complex was presented to Council in November 2020:

  • Aquatics - six lane, 25 metre swimming pool, separate leisure water with zero entry, therapeutic swim channel, hot tub and play amenities/spaces.
  • Community recreation centre multiplex with public and multi-purpose space designed to meet flexible community needs and accommodate small, medium and large public events.
  • Gymnasium and indoor fitness track, roof top amenity.
  • Accessible change rooms.

For the past twenty years, there has been considerable discussion about the need for a new swimming pool and more indoor recreational and community space in the Oceanside area. The feasibility study which built on consultation with sports and recreation groups and the public, concluded there is a need for a new aquatic and recreation centre in Parksville. Council wishes to move this concept forward and recognizes the result must be affordable and in the best long-term interests of taxpayers, sports and recreation groups and the community.

The proposed site for the aquatic recreation centre is city-owned land on Despard Avenue and along with an elementary school, tennis courts, baseball fields, off-leash dog park and open spaces, will form a popular community hub and destination.

We are eager to start the conversation about the potential of this exciting new facility and look forward to engaging the public in person once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we will look to online opportunities for community input. We encourage you to spend some time on this site to familiarize yourself with the available details and hope you will become engaged as this project progresses.

Below you will find information on the following:

Community Engagement
Phase 1 - Feasibility
Phase 2 - Detailed Design Phase
Proposed Site
Financial Information


Do you have a question or comment?

  • Requests for Proposals for Parksville Aquatic and Recreation Centre

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    The City of Parksville has issued two requests for proposals related to the proposed Parksville Aquatic and Recreation Centre:

    • Land Analysis and Site Condition Assessments
    The City proposes to engage the services of a lead consultant to coordinate detailed site condition assessments including environmental, geotechnical, hydrogeological and other construction related assessments for the proposed location of a new swimming pool and community recreation centre.

    • Public Consultation Strategy
    The City of Parksville requires a consultant to conduct comprehensive public engagement with the community on the siting, costing and design of a new swimming pool and community recreation centre. Council has identified a preferred site and its initial reasons for choosing this location. The City has identified expectations for the public engagement process, which should be reviewed when preparing a response to the RFP.

    Deadline to submit proposals is 4 pm on Friday, April 30. The requests for proposals are available on BC Bid and from the City’s website. All queries relating to these requests for proposals should be directed to:

    Keeva Kehler, MPA
    Chief Administrative Officer
    City of Parksville
    Phone: 250 954-4660
    Email: kkehler@parksville.ca

  • Location of Proposed Parksville Aquatic and Recreation Centre

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    February 4, 2021

    We wish to clarify information provided on Let’s Talk Parksville and address concerns expressed by residents about the proposed location for the Parksville Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

    For Phase 1 of the feasibility study for the Parksville Aquatic and Recreation Centre, the Despard Avenue site was selected as a test site for conceptual design and further consideration. Most of the facility, as shown on preliminarily conceptual plans, is envisioned to be located on non-parkland parcels owned by the City. A small section of park is shown as providing potential parking and access for the multiplex facility and Parksville Wetlands. This section is about 0.8 hectares (less than 2 acres) of the 35.4 hectares (90 acres) Parksville Wetlands property. The proposed location is expected to have no impact on the wetlands, located some distance away, and the proposed location assists with preserving second growth trees to the south of the site (as noted in the environmental overview assessment report prepared by WSP Canada and available on the project site).

    The map included with this release is intended to better show the location of the proposed facility in relation to the surrounding land. It must be noted that these are early ‘proof of concept’ plans and further adjustments should be anticipated. The preliminary environmental assessment indicates the watercourses in the project area do not interact with the wetland features, but enhancement work for the watercourses could be designed to benefit the ecology of the wetlands and other features to the north, located on the parkland.

    In 1997, the Wetlands property was privately owned and the City registered an agreement to allow for public recreation access to the land; this covenant area is wholly unaffected by the proposed project.

    The information provided to the public in the phase 1 feasibility study is intended as a starting point and opportunity for public input and to finetune the concepts presented. We will engage in in-person community consultation as soon as it is safe to do so. In the interim, we encourage public input through the Let’s Talk Parksville site and via email at Letstalk@parksville.ca

  • Parksville Aquatic and Recreation Centre Project Announced by Council

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    February 1, 2021

    At the February 1 meeting, Council moved to release the “Parksville Pool and Multiplex Facility Feasibility Study” to the public along with background information, staff reports, studies, assessments, and stakeholder engagement session results, now available on the City’s public engagement platform, Let’s Talk Parksville. The first step in a complex multi-year process, the report summarizes the feasibility and benefit of a multi-use aquatic centre in Parksville and shows Despard Avenue as the test site for the facility.

    In 2019, Council directed staff to engage the services of HDR Architecture Associates to undertake the pool and multiplex feasibility study. Work began in January 2020 with the feasibility report finalized in December 2020. A series of workshops and stakeholder sessions were hosted by HDR in March 2020 and due to the pandemic, planned interactive public consultation events were postponed to the next phase of the project.

    As soon as it is safe to do so, extensive and varied in-person community engagement will be facilitated. In the meantime, we look to online engagement opportunities and encourage residents to share comments, ideas, ask questions and signup for project updates through Let’s Talk Parksville. Comments to Council on this project may also be emailed to letstalk@parksville.ca.

    During phase 2, the detailed design phase of the Parksville Aquatic and Recreation Centre project, the community will be asked to provide substantial input to finetune and define the concept presented in the feasibility study. Based on this community input and the results of studies and assessments during phase 2, we expect substantial changes to the conceptual plan elements. In this phase, the City will engage a consultant to facilitate community involvement and provide final detailed design and cost estimates for construction of the project and its operations. When detailed design, cost estimates and potential grant funding elements are determined and prior to construction, electors will be asked through a referendum for approval to borrow.

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    Parksville Mayor Ed Mayne said, “Council is pleased to announce this exciting project for multi-use and recreation facilities for our community. This is Parksville’s largest project to date and will provide amenities, programs, services, and a social gathering space for seniors and young families for years to come. During the next phase of the Parksville Aquatic and Recreation Centre project, we will engage the community in a series of robust public engagement opportunities.”