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 it in better shape!

Work Continues on the Future of Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre

Three options for the facility were shared with Council for consideration on December 1, 2016.

  • Option 1 – Retrofit of the existing facility, including system upgrades, as well as some accessibility and programming improvements. The cost for this option is approximately $40 million, which would add approximately 30 years to the facility.
  • Option 2 – Renovation and expansion of the existing facility. The cost for this option is approximately $56 million and would add approximately 30 years to the facility. Upgrades would significantly improve accessibility, programming and would expand the building to accommodate new programs and a reconfigured leisure pool area.
  • Option 3 – Construction of a new aquatic centre which would meet both current and future needs for the next 50 years. The facility could be built in Central Park next to the current building. The cost would be approximately $68.4 million.

Council has asked staff to provide a more detailed analysis and explore more options for partnerships including working with non-profit recreation providers, federal and provincial funding partners, and non-profit housing providers.

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 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, is being used to inform a set of options for the future facility. Potential costs and benefits of both renovating the existing building and constructing a new facility will be shared with Council later this year. At that time we will seek Council direction on further consultation with the community regarding the potential facility options (cited above).