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The 45 million dollar project is moving right along says Suzanne Gaida, Senior Manager of Community Services for the Town of Cochrane. “We are on time for March of 2017. We did have a few hiccups on the pool side with getting the steel up, it took a little longer than we thought to start but also the warm weather has given us the opportunity to put all the underground in. That wasn’t supposed to be done until spring 2016.”

Gaida says she recently went on a tour with Council and provided a sneak peek as to where the construction stands.

“The curling facility- the walls are up, and they are getting ready to do the underground and get the pad poured. Their working right now on the change rooms area of the pool, the masonry workers are in there. And over the pool area we are actually just doing the steel, we anticipate it will be another couple weeks for the steel and then the walls will start to go up.” Discover Airdrie December 2015

The fly-in community of Fort Chipewyan, AB, is about to get its own pool. People in the community are now watching the structural steel go up on an indoor aquatic centre, which will include a 50-meter pool, a lazy river, a play pool, and a waterslide. The project is expected to cost between $38 and $40 million.

“I would say it’s very unique considering our isolation,” said Bruce Inglis, the hamlet manager for Fort Chipewyan.

The community of 1,200 has waited nearly a decade for the facility, Inglis says.

“It’s extremely exciting, and a huge project to begin with. There’s a lot of anticipation.” CBC News Aug 2015

“The building will be finished by February,” said Greater Victoria YMCA/YWCA CEO Jennie Edgecombe. “Our plan is to open in April.”

The aquatic centre will include a lap pool, lazy river, warm water therapy pool and two watersides. There will also be a wave machine and beach entry, and the floor of the therapy pool can be adjusted to different heights for specific groups.

“They’re a really efficient use of space,” Edgecombe said.

The facility will also include a gymnasium, health and fitness facilities, youth centre, a number of multipurpose spaces, child care for those using the facilities and a licensed child care program with space for 36 children, which already has a waiting list.

The children’s play area will feature a nature playground filled with trees and grass for the children to play on. Edgecombe said this natural environment is great for children to develop their skills in.

Looking over the entire project, she was quite pleased with how it’s taking shape. “It’s been a really great partnership,” she said.

Langford Mayor Stew Young was on a tour of the project last week when the Gazette tracked him down for an update.

“This is the number one thing in Langford that residents are talking about. It’s amazing,” he said, adding the builders were doing a fantastic job. “It’s a really good community building.”

Young compared the space to a mall, but instead of shops this complex features a variety of recreation facilities in one spot to meet a number of different needs, making it easy for residents. “I think it’s the best use of space I’ve seen,” he said. Goldstream Gazette October 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Langford Tuesday morning to highlight the progress of the construction of the City Centre Park Sportsplex.Harper says the government is committed to promoting sports and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle for all Canadians.The City Centre Park Sportsplex project is one of hundreds of sports and recreation initiatives being funded across the country by the Economic Action Plan. The new centre will house an indoor ice rink and a ten-pin bowling facility and will include washrooms, change rooms and a lobby area.CFAX Feb 16 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper saw federal infrastructure dollars in action this morning during a tour of the Sportsplex construction site in Langford.The federal government chipped in about $4.5 million in a one-third cost sharing agreement with the province and Langford under the Building Canada Fund. The ice sheet and bowling centre complex is budgeted at $14.1 million and is expected to open this spring or summer.The prime minister also scheduled to tour the CFB 443 Squadron helicopter hangar in Sidney with Defence Minister Peter MacKay, where they are expected to make a funding announcement.BC Local News . com Feb 22 2011

As the sun was shining and the people were smiling, it was as if a flawless day for a historic event had been intentionally picked. On June 26th the Regional District of Central Kootenay employees, politicians, and RDCK residents gathered to celebrate the opening of the Creston and District Community Complex (CDCC).

After the ribbon cutting, people were invited to tour the complex, take advantage of the free swim passes being distributed, and view displays from local sports groups. Kids Played ping-pong and floor hockey, and could try some of the fitness equipment available for demonstration.

It was clear to all touring the exceptional facility that its benefits will be longstanding and numerous. As John Kettle (Director Area ABC RDCK) “… this represents the future of small communities”.

Kootenay Business, July 2010

In October, 2009 Panorama Recreation Centre opened its new aquatic facility boasting a six lane lap pool, leisure pool, lazy river, hot tub, sauna, steam room and waterslide. We have been open for just over one year and in that short time we have seen a substantial increase in participation of aquatic activities including: water fitness, water rehabilitation, length swimming and leisure use. Why such a huge increase in participation? Drop-in programs are offered at a reasonable rate but the new facility offers much more than just drop in fitness programs and lane swimming. The 1.1 meter depth and warmer water in the leisure pool is great for rehabilitation after injury or surgery and for participants suffering from arthritic conditions or fibromyalgia. Changing facilities are clean and spacious, as well as wheelchair accessible with overhead lifts that can gently transport you into each of the pools including the hot tub and leisure pool; ideal for anyone with mobility issues. Participation in aquatic fitness is proven to reduce muscle and joint pain as well as reduce inflammation. Recent research has also shown that using the pool to initiate early movement in therapy improves the recovery process. In other words, aquatic physical therapy speeds the healing process . With all of these amenities and services participants will leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and in less or no pain from arthritis and other illnesses. Could the realization of the benefits of aquatic exercise be spreading?It would appear that the word is finally out and people are realizing that participating in aquatic exercise such as water fitness, water rehabilitation or length swimming a minimum of twice a week will help you to feel younger and stronger. Cost barriers are no longer an issue as Panorama offers a variety of admission and payment options for adults and seniors. Seniors (60+) can drop-in to the recreation centre for a onetime fee of $4.75. Admission includes access to both the aquatic and weight room facilities. 10-50 visit Active Passes are available at a reduced rate and never expire. Participants who plan to visit the centre more than twice a week are encouraged to buy a Monthly Active Pass starting at $56 for optimal savings and access. None of these options work for you? Participants on lower incomes can apply for a L.I.F.E pass (Leisure Involvement For Everyone). Once you are qualified you will be given 52 free drop-in visits as well as discounts of up to $50 on registered programs. This is just one of the options for people on a fixed or lower income.

Still wondering if Panorama’s new aquatic centre is the fountain of youth? Just ask Bobbie Vinnell who was diagnosed with arthritis in 2000 in her right hip and both knees. The arthritis society recommended weight loss and to get active! Bobbie had tried various gyms and was not satisfied; luckily one of her friends had recommended swimming at Panorama. Instantly Bobbie had found an activity that was suitable for her and she loved being in the water. After a few weeks in the pool Bobbie needed a change and joined the Community Rehab class (now called Light and Easy Aquafit). The class brought relief of her arthritis: “the only place I felt good was in the pool”. While participating in the Rehab class she gained more strength and endurance and needed another challenge. Bobbie mustered up the courage and tried the shallow water aquafit class. Bobbie loved the class, made new friends and lost weight. In 2008 Bobbie had lost enough weight to undergo surgery for a hip replacement. Bobbie had a fast recovery and in a short time was again attending the shallow water aquafit classes. Currently Bobbie is attending three classes a week and has lost 90lbs!

Senior Living Magazine February 2011

Although the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex has yet to fill its ice rinks with hockey players, skaters and spectators, the centre has been packed with families during its first week of business.

More than 150 swimmers, most of them children, signed up for the midday sold-out public swim Thursday at the large aquatic centre inside the complex. Kids splashed around in the pool and formed long lineups in front of the winding waterslide, taking advantage of another school-free day during March break.”It’s really cool”, 12 year-old Alex Dupre said as he took a break from swimming, grabbing a snack at the concession stand. “The slide is the best part. I didn’t know there would be one.” Alex’s aunt, Julie Coxon, said she was impressed with the $20-million facility. “You’ve got the gym for the adults, the pool for the kids, the rooms fro seniors… I think it’s a great think for LaSalle.”

People have been “swarming” the Vollmer Complex, said marketing coordinator Amanda Richardson. She said staff have had to turn people away who wanted to take part in some of the sold-out public swims this week. “We had to offer them the next available swim” she said. “It’s been really busy. People are really interested in our programs.”

Richardson said more than 3,000 people attended the open house on Sunday, where town councillors and Mayor Gary Baxter officially welcomed the residents to the Vollmer Complex. “We had people who were os impressed they wanted to sign up for a membership right away,” she said.

The Vollmer Complex also has a fitness centre outfitted with an indoor running and walking track, party rooms and meeting spaces. This spring, the 22 outdoor soccer pitches will be ready for games and tournaments.

I think LaSalle really needed something like this,” say Lynn Court, who brought her some to the aquatic centre for a swim Thursday. “The soccer fields will be great too.”

Windsor Star March 2008

After 20 years of dreaming and a year of construction… Revelstoke’s new aquatic centre has finally opened to the public.And what a centre it is. The “pool”, as most people refer to it is much, much more than just that. It has a sauna, Turkish bath, waterslide, Lazy River, 25m-metre main pool, a diving board, climbing wall, children’s wading pool and an even shallower area for parents and infants.Originally budgeted at $5.3 million the pool ultimately cost about $6.5 million, much of that due to the higher-than-expected labour and material costs that escalated last summer due to the Province’s improved economic condition.The project was also plagued by labour shortages. Throughout much of the summer the project was under-manned. That, plus the higher costs, pushed the official opening back from September to November, then December to January and finally, March 5.Was the wait worth it?That depends on your point of view. Although 75 percent of voters voted to give the City permission to borrow $3.5 million to build the pool in a 202 referendum, there was a small core of opposition to the project. Still it retrained wide support within the community and was viewed as one of the most important development projects of the last decade.As mentioned above, the Aquatic Centre has a lot of features that mix functionality with entertainment. All of that takes place within a v very impressive physical setting.The decor consists of rock-like sculptures, some pretty convincing fake trees, banners hanging from the ceiling, floor-to-ceiling murals of mountain scenes and a wall of colourful tiles made by local school children. To top it off there are fantastic vies of the Columbia River, Mount MacPherson and Mount Begbie to the west. In short, it is beautiful and surely will be the envy of other community in the region.The project demonstrated yet again that Revelstoke knows how to organize and complete major developments. About $2 million in funding came from the federal-provincial infrastructure program. Some if it was borrowed from conventional lending sources, and a lot of cash was donated by individual citizens and local organizations. The Kokanee Committee and the Rotary Club, for instance, each kicked in $50,000 and local school kids raised $10,000 to purchase the climbing wall that hangs over part of the main pool’s deep end. That feature alone is a big attraction for local youths.And then there is the waterslide, which was inaugurated by Mayor Mark McKee. If you haven’t already tired it out, come on down and make a splash! June 27, 2006

The $10.75 million Bear Mountain Arena in Colwood, which officially opened today, is likened by its architect to a dazzling little treasure found inside a plan wrapper.Vic Davies readily admits the exterior of the building is nondescript in a drab municipal and functional way. but most observers seem to agree with Davies’ assessment that it is beautifully and tastefully rendered inside and that it punches well above its weight with a big-arena aura. “We put all the fur on the inside of this Bear… the goal was to create a mini GM Place feel and I think we’ve succeeded in giving it that big-town arena atmosphere,” he said.Because the under-construction $30-million downtown Victoria arena sits conspicuously at the northern gateway to the downtown, exterior design is a critical element of that building. Not so for Bear Mountain, which is set away from highway site-lines behind the Juan de Fuca Rec Centre and nestled discreetly between the 1994 Commonwealth Games velodrom and lawn bowling greens.Davies said he took advantage of that fact by pouring most of the money into the interior details of the building. Those who have seen it and given the arena early raves, say that attention to detail is evident.

Bear Mountain, named corporately after the Jack Nicklaus – designed Langford golf course, is the third of four new island arena complexes that will have risen as the result of four successful referendums held between 1992 and 2002, transforming the face if Island winter sports.

Times Colonist February 6 2004