July 4, 2007
Survey Assists Regional Aquatics And Wellness Centre Development
The City of Grande Prairie is inviting community input into future phases of the regional Aquatics and Wellness Centre with a survey.
Residents can access the survey on the City’s website. It is also available at all City facilities and will be featured in an upcoming advertisement in the Daily Herald-Tribune. Responses are requested by July 20. The survey has been available at events such as Municipal Government Day and the Aquatics and Wellness Centre Open House.
Council heard a presentation from the Peace Country Wellness Facility Society at Tuesday’s meeting and invited the group to provide further input into the project.
In June, Council instructed administration to have the architectural firm of Barr Ryder complete construction drawings.
The $70 million facility would feature a 54-metre pool, an aquatics playground, an adventure river, hot tubs, a sauna/steam room, waterslides, and a 10-metre dive platform. Other planned highlights include springboards, a flow rider (wave/surfing attraction), a fitness area, meeting space, concessions, and childcare space. Future modules could include up to three field houses. The facility is on par with other multiplexes in Alberta and exceeds features in a number of areas in many cases. A complete comparison is on the website.
“The community has told us that a regional aquatics and wellness centre is an important component of the range of recreational facilities they expect in a growing, vibrant and progressive city,” says Mayor Wayne Ayling. “It is important that residents and community groups have ongoing input as this project unfolds.
“This facility is designed to meet local needs and serve as a regional and destination attraction. It will have something for the entire family, giving prospective residents and visitors even more reason to come to Grande Prairie.”