ARC Swimming Pool Consultation

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The City of Quesnel and Cariboo Regional District are prioritizing a renovation to the swimming pool at the Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre (ARC). The swimming pool is 40 years old and needs architectural, mechanical and electrical upgrades. Upgrading the existing pool is a better strategic investment for Quesnel’s future rather than building a brand new facility.

We are seeking your input on three renovation options for the Quesnel ARC. We appreciate your comments.

We need to invest in our swimming pool

COMMUNITY BENEFITS OF THE ARC

The ARC is essential to personal health and wellness, reducing reliance on healthcare and other costly social services. Recreation boosts the local economy and can help contribute to overall economic development by attracting and retaining new residents. The ARC offers social benefits and strives to be completely barrier-free. Community recreation centres help build strong, safe and inclusive communities.

People of all ages, from 4 months to over 100 years old, use the ARC swimming pool. The ARC is a place for people to learn, exercise, connect and socialize.

THE ARC IS WORTH INVESTING IN

The ARC is more than a building in our community; it has been the core of our community for the last 40 years. The ARC pool upgrade is a City and CRD priority. The ARC is a full-service, multi-use space that:

  • is showing its age,
  • is not energy efficient, and
  • no longer meets the needs of the community.

The facility will require a multi-million dollar investment to prolong its serviceable life and analysis shows that upgrading the existing pool is a better strategic investment than building a new facility.

The current aquatic centre at the ARC features a 6-lane, 25-meter pool with a 1-metre diving board, a small slide and a rope swing. The freeform leisure pool is only accessible by stairs and includes a graduated water depth, spray feature, and a mini slide. The centre also includes a hot tub and three saunas. The community uses the aquatic centre in the ARC for swimming lessons, public swimming, swim club practices and competitions, aquatic therapy and aqua fitness classes.

Your feedback

The input period has been extended. You now have until July 31, 2022, to complete our survey!

Take the survey or ask a question below. You can also find paper surveys at Quesnel City Hall (410 Kinchant St), Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre (500 N Star Rd), and CRD Quesnel Office (102 - 410 Kinchant St).

What next?

By supporting a project option, you will help the Joint Advisory Committee determine what the next steps should be. The results from this public consultation process will be presented to the Joint Advisory Committee on September 13, 2022. The results will also be posted below.

The City of Quesnel and Cariboo Regional District are prioritizing a renovation to the swimming pool at the Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre (ARC). The swimming pool is 40 years old and needs architectural, mechanical and electrical upgrades. Upgrading the existing pool is a better strategic investment for Quesnel’s future rather than building a brand new facility.

We are seeking your input on three renovation options for the Quesnel ARC. We appreciate your comments.

We need to invest in our swimming pool

COMMUNITY BENEFITS OF THE ARC

The ARC is essential to personal health and wellness, reducing reliance on healthcare and other costly social services. Recreation boosts the local economy and can help contribute to overall economic development by attracting and retaining new residents. The ARC offers social benefits and strives to be completely barrier-free. Community recreation centres help build strong, safe and inclusive communities.

People of all ages, from 4 months to over 100 years old, use the ARC swimming pool. The ARC is a place for people to learn, exercise, connect and socialize.

THE ARC IS WORTH INVESTING IN

The ARC is more than a building in our community; it has been the core of our community for the last 40 years. The ARC pool upgrade is a City and CRD priority. The ARC is a full-service, multi-use space that:

  • is showing its age,
  • is not energy efficient, and
  • no longer meets the needs of the community.

The facility will require a multi-million dollar investment to prolong its serviceable life and analysis shows that upgrading the existing pool is a better strategic investment than building a new facility.

The current aquatic centre at the ARC features a 6-lane, 25-meter pool with a 1-metre diving board, a small slide and a rope swing. The freeform leisure pool is only accessible by stairs and includes a graduated water depth, spray feature, and a mini slide. The centre also includes a hot tub and three saunas. The community uses the aquatic centre in the ARC for swimming lessons, public swimming, swim club practices and competitions, aquatic therapy and aqua fitness classes.

Your feedback

The input period has been extended. You now have until July 31, 2022, to complete our survey!

Take the survey or ask a question below. You can also find paper surveys at Quesnel City Hall (410 Kinchant St), Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre (500 N Star Rd), and CRD Quesnel Office (102 - 410 Kinchant St).

What next?

By supporting a project option, you will help the Joint Advisory Committee determine what the next steps should be. The results from this public consultation process will be presented to the Joint Advisory Committee on September 13, 2022. The results will also be posted below.

  • ARC History

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  • Renovation Objectives

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  • OPTION #1 - UPGRADES WITH NO EXPANSION

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    $12.6 MILLION


    Improve safety

    Renovate the entire 25m pool and pool deck to improve safety by replacing the tiles, gutter, strip drains, and anti-entrapment main drain covers; reducing the floor slope and repairing the underwater lighting.

    Raised viewing area

    A raised viewing platform will provide better viewing opportunities and it will create separation from the pool deck.


    Raised viewing area next to current leisure pool



    Change room renovations

    Renovate the family change room to improve privacy for families and those needing assistance. New non-slip tiling in the women’s change room will create a safer floor and modernize the design.


    Family room redesign


    Repairing and replacing

    Repair and replace all architectural, mechanical, and electrical deficiencies will prolong the life of the facility.

    Exterior

    Replace the damaged exterior wood siding with a modern siding.

  • OPTION #2 - UPGRADES WITH EXPANSION

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    $30.7 million


    Option 1 upgrades

    All of the upgrades in Option 1 are included in Option 2.

    New, larger leisure pool

    The new leisure pool includes an open area for swimming lessons, fitness classes, warm water lane swimming and event warm-up/cool down. A bench with jets and grab bars is perfect for relaxing, massage and physiotherapy. The lazy river is for all ages to play, keep fit and complete physiotherapy. The tot’s area is great for babies and toddlers to sit and splash around on an interactive bubble floor.

    New, larger Swirl Pool (Hot tub)

    The new swirl pool has a conversation pit and shallow benches and is great for relaxing, and massage.

  • OPTION #3 - UPGRADE + EXPANSION WITH WATERSLIDE

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    $34.6 mILLION


    Option 1 and 2 upgrades/expansion

    All of the upgrades in Option 1 and expansion of Option 2 are included in Option 3.

    Full-size waterslide

    A full-size three-spiral waterslide will include a separate water exit.

  • PROJECTS COSTS

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    Delaying a swimming pool renovation will only escalate the project costs due to inflation. Funding projects this size requires long-term borrowing, which is approved by the electors (you!). Additional funding opportunities are being explored, including grants and partnerships.

    An optional $3.6 million upgrade to the building envelope, consisting of additional insulation to exterior walls and complete replacement and upgrading of the roof system has not been included. This optional upgrade could apply to any of the three options presented.

    Each option presented will have an impact on your property taxes depending on several factors:

    • borrowing,
    • loan term, and
    • the interest rate at the time of borrowing.

    Every year property values are assessed, which impacts the rate residents pay (residential property and improvements). Because of these factors, we do not know the tax rate/$100,000 of assessed residential value beyond the current year. The soonest that borrowing is likely to occur if a project proceeds is 2024.

    For information, we have provided a snapshot of the tax implications if borrowing were to occur based on 2022 property assessments, current interest rates and a 25-year loan term.

    Renovation option Amount of borrowing Impact on taxation
    Option #1 - Upgrade with no expansion
    $12.6 million $25/$100,000 of assessed residential value
    Option #2 - Upgrade with expansion
    $30.7 million
    $66/$100,000 of assessed residential value*
    Option #3 - Upgrade + expansion with waterslide
    $34.6 million $76/$100,000 of assessed residential value*

    * includes estimated increased operation costs.

Page last updated: 22 Jun 2022, 04:22 PM