The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Board is moving forward in the process of bringing the proposed indoor aquatics centre to Golden, as they board works on a fundraising strategy.
The CSRD has approved the hiring of a consultant to develop and deliver the strategy and campaign for the facility. KEA Canada Ltd. has been hired, with an initial allocation of $100,000.
It’s the next step in the process as the CSRD moves towards a referendum, set to take place in the fall of 2022.
The referendum will determine whether residents of Electoral Area A and the Town of Golden will fund the development of a new indoor aquatic centre, with the vote to be held in conjunction with the next local government election Oct. 15, 2022.
However, there is no official date yet for the referendum.
The fundraising strategy would help offset some of the costs of building the facility, which has an estimated price tag of $31.2 million.
Costs will also be offset by potential grants, as well as corporate and citizen contributions.
Once the strategy is implemented, the CSRD will be able to determine the tax implications that the facility will have on voters in Area A and the Town of Golden.
In the fall of 2019, the CSRD hired HCMA Architecture + Design to carry out a feasibility study that included receiving input from the community. The study determined priorities around functional programming, guiding principles, and vision for a new indoor aquatic centre.
The overall goal was to ensure that a potential facility is anchored to the needs and identity of the community.
The final report was received at a May 20 meeting, which outlines the extensive community consultation process leading to a determination of preferred options for the facility.
Those options include a six-lane lap pool, a leisure pool, sauna and steam room, hot pool and multipurpose room.
The report includes a design plan that adds on to the current arena facility, as well as construction and operational cost estimates.
The proposed site contains the arena, curling rink (both to remain) and the current outdoor pool (to be removed).
According to the technical briefing from HCMA Architecture + Design, over $1.3 million in repairs and replacements will be required by 2026 for the current outdoor pool, which was built in 1978.
Community engagement kicked off in 2020 and has been ongoing for nearly a year, with an interactive online survey and open houses for information and feedback.
The entire report, as well as other documents, can be viewed at the goldenondeck.ca website.