Planning for the Future of Crystal Pool

The Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre has been helping the community stay active for 45 years. Now it's time for us to get the Centre in better shape!

Work Continues on the Future of Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre

At the February 16, 2017 Committee of the Whole meeting, Council received and discussed a staff report regarding the Crystal Pool Feasibility Study. 

  • Council has directed staff to develop an implementation plan for a new facility to cost no more than $69.4 million total.
  • Council has approved that $10 million will come from the City’s Buildings and Infrastructure Reserve and the remainder through a combination of external borrowing and other funding.
  • Since there will be need for borrowing, staff will develop a plan to use the referendum process as the method for placing the borrowing question before the electors, once additional funding opportunities have been explored.
  • These recommendations have been approved at Committee of the Whole but will receive final approval at the Thursday February 23 Council meeting. 

Will Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre be Closed: The construction of a new aquatic centre will avoid any facility closure.

An engagement process will begin with citizens and stakeholder groups on the design elements of the new facility.

Background

In summer 2016 the City asked for input on the community's aquatic and recreational programming needs and how best to meet them, to help inform whether to renovate or replace the facility.

Thank you for your feedback! Over the Summer 2016 we heard from more than 1,200 people about their programming needs and ideas for the future of the Crystal Pool. Among the most popular comments were: a desire to retain a 50 metre pool, a need for improved accessibility, and a desire for modern amenities such as family change rooms.

Your input has been valuable to understand community needs and features which could best meet these needs. This feedback, along with additional research, gas  been used to inform the set of options for the future facility, as detailed in the update at the top of this page.