Council gets first look at plan for aquatics centre

Red Deer City council got their first look at the detailed design of the community’s future multi-use aquatics centre which includes a 50m pool.

Ted Watson, principal architect with Maclennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects out of Toronto presented the plan to council on Monday night.

The new aquatic centre is proposed to be added onto the existing Recreation Centre downtown. It is currently beyond the City’s 10-year capital plan.

“The concept is a multi-use aquatic facility so it will accommodate all kinds of activities under one roof,” he said. “It’s also going to integrate with park sites so it’s part of a master plan of the entire downtown Rotary Park site. The integration within the park site is very important.”

The proposed plan shows the facility including a six lane, 25m-dive tank, two wave-simulators to allow for surfing, a whirlpool and therapy pool.

“We would retain the existing 25 lane, 25 metre pool,” said Watson. “We would also have a 54 metre pool which would have two removable bulkheads to allow for different uses within the basin. It would also include a 25 by 25 metre removable floor. Half of the pool can move up and down to various levels to create a beach entry or to allow for aqua-fit or other uses.”

In addition to the 50m pool, the facility will have a number of outdoor amenities including a splash pad and playgrounds.

The plan also proposes to cut the current outdoor swimming pool which is 50m to 25m.

“Overall I think this plan is exciting and it’s a great looking building,” said Councillor Cindy Jefferies. “I struggle with this because I wish we could start tomorrow.”

She added more discussion needs to take place within the community regarding the outdoor pool and the proposal to make it smaller.

“I would like to see the existing pool be kept the way it is,” said Jefferies.

Meanwhile, Watson said Red Deer is falling behind when it comes to the development of a 50m pool.

“Red Deer is notably absent when it comes to the development of these types of facilities,” he said. “Fifty-metre pool venues are becoming more popular. They’re becoming the norm within Alberta and within 10 years it will become more notably absent within a community this size.”

Council agreed to accept the proposed plan for information.

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Blackfalds RCMP investigate break and enter at Fas Gas

RCMP search for suspect who cut through an outside wall to gain access

Operating Budget focuses significantly on community safety

Proposed 2% tax increase for operating budget, debate runs in January

UPDATE: Red Deer RCMP investigate non-suspicious death downtown

48 St. behind transit terminal was closed off earlier Wednesday

Team Canada dancer returns to Red Deer laden with medals

Red Deer dancer wins three silver medals and a bronze at World Championship

Local author releases brand new international thriller

Retired teacher Larry Stewart hosting a book launch this Saturday

Troubled Monk releases new spirit

Troubled Spirit vodka was introduced in early December

Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

What were Canadians were curious about: Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

Democrat wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

Democrat Doug Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset against Roy Moore

New fighter-jet competition to have national ‘economic interest’ requirement

Trudeau government wants to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025

The top-binged shows on Netflix in 2017

Which show did you cheat on your spouse with by watching ahead?

2017 word of the year: Feminism

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’

200 Russians to compete in Olympics as neutrals

The Russian Olympic Committee expects 200 to compete in South Korea

Researchers claim the ‘man flu’ does exist

Review of scientific studies suggests ‘man flu’ may be more intense: researcher

Trudeau appoints Supreme Court chief justice

Prime Minister Trudeau appoints Richard Wagner as Supreme Court chief justice

Most Read