Wednesday, July 4, 2007

City to Survey Residents on Aquatics Centre

News Release
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.”


Anonymous said...

It would have been nice if the taxpayers had been asked on a plebiscite if they were in favour or not of spending this inflated amount of money on the Aquatic Center rather than being told by the City Council that this was going to be built.

Anonymous said...

The comparison on the City website is misleading. It makes it appear that we will be getting twin rinks. I realize it is referring to the Coke Centre which cost nearly 17 million (budget was 9.8 mil)What isn't mentioned is that Sherwood Park, St. Albert and Spruce Grove and Ft Sask built thier projects for about 20 to 26 million and here we are at nearly 80 million plus the Coke centre's 17. Why is it that they can build the same for 1/5 the price?? The location of this also leaves no or little room for future expansion


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