Report Calls for City to Dive Into a New Pool Facility
Prince George, B.C. The report on aquatic services for Prince George is in, and will be presented to Prince George City Council tonight. The bottom line is that it calls for the City to take the plunge and build a new “Four Seasons” facility.
The report, prepared by Dialog and Counsilman-Hunsaker Aquatics for Life, presented three options, but says only option 2 addresses all of the issues identified during the extensive stakeholder, and public input sessions.
Option 2 calls for the construction of a replacement facility for the Four Seasons pool on a new site in the current area, that the new facility be “similar in program to what the Four Seasons Presently offers, but upgraded to current contemporary standards.”
The report says the costs to bring the Four Seasons up to code would be over $10 million dollars, and adds “”It would be more cost effective to completely demolish all the pools (at the Four Seasons) and start from scratch.”
The Option 2 recommendation for the Aquatic Centre calls for upgrades to the mechanical systems and repairs to the building envelope as well as the addition of a new swim tank, additional family changeroom space, expanded fitness centre and storage facilities, provide space for spectator facilities and improve the accessibility throughout the facility and into the pool tanks.
The report estimates the upgrades to the Aquatic Centre to be in the range of $7.7 million dollars with a significant portion of that amount attributed to the mechanical and envelope issues.
The report says the changes outlined would provide the opportunity for the hosting of more swim meets, as well as meet the aquatic program needs of residents in the future.