To this point, the process to design Victoria’s new aquatic and wellness centre has been informed by technical analysis and extensive public engagement, as illustrated in the Feasibility Study (2016), conceptual design refinement (2017) and schematic design (2018).
In total more than 4,400 people have participated in community engagement activities, which included Open Houses, surveys, stakeholder meetings, feedback boards at Crystal Pool, and community events.
Public and Stakeholder Engagement
Overall Summary: Feb-June 2018 Engagement Summary
- Schematic Design Public Engagement 2: May 15 – July 3, 2018
- Schematic Design Stakeholder Engagement April 1 – June 15, 2018
- Schematic Design Public Engagement 1: February – April 2018
July 18, 2018: Schematic Design Cost Report
December 13, 2017: Limited Phase 2 Environmental Site Investigation
November 29, 2017 Crystal Pool - Pre-Demolition Hazardous Materials Assessment
July 1, 2017: Preliminary Arborist Impact Report and Tree Study
June 28, 2017: Preliminary Geotechnical Report
City Council has directed staff to explore new opportunities to locate the Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre replacement facility, consistent with prior direction that the new building will be located in the North Park or Hillside Quadra neighbourhoods.
As such, Council has deferred consideration of this matter until the new opportunities are investigated. Because this involves potential land acquisitions, the City is not able to provide more information publicly until staff complete their work. Staff will be reporting back to Council in a timely manner.
These new opportunities emerged after Council gave direction on January 9 to bring forward a report detailing the six sites that have been previously assessed. That report is available here. View the entire agenda and supporting documents here
November 15, 2018: Council Check-in on Recent Directive
A report providing information and recommendations regarding the outcome of an initial review of elements of the recently adopted motion concerning Central Park and the Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre project. The agenda item also included correspondence from the North Park Neighbourhood Association and the Downtown Residents' Association and can be found here. View the entire agenda and watch the council meeting here.
October 4, 2018: Council Member Motion
- Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project and Central Park
- Motion included: In this multi-part motion, Council directed staff to report back on the costs and benefits for a number of potential options for siting the new Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre facility. Council also instructed staff to shift the funding allocation for public art from the project budget to the park renewal project budget, as well as work with the North Park Neighbourhood Association to develop an engagement process for the renewal of Central Park. Staff will report to Council on the implications and timing associated with completing this work.
September 6, 2018: Committee of the Whole
- Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project – Initial Parking Alternatives Review
- At the July 19, 2018 Council meeting (report below), Council committed to “no net loss of park space” in Central Park and directed staff to explore alternatives to the proposed surface parking lot, to serve the new recreation centre. On Sept 6, Council approved funding to support investigation of underground parking in Central Park, and a modular parking structure on the Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena parking lot.
The following outlines project updates presented to Council and the minutes of the meeting when Council approved/made motion on updates. Specific motions are outlined. If you would like to view any past meetings of Council you can click here and go to "Past Meeting" for video recordings.
July 19, 2018 - Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project, Update:
Council received the project update for information and directed staff to examine alternatives for providing parking for pool users to ensure no net loss of park space.
March 15, 2018 - Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project, Update
Review Council minutes where Council received the project update for information.
December 7, 2017 - Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project, Update
Review minutes and Council motion that directed staff to work with the Art in Public Place Committee.
August 10, 2017 - Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project, Update
Review the minutes and Council motion which approved the Risk Management Approach for the Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project and accepted the key risks and mitigation strategies outlined for the project.
June 22, 2017 - Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project, Update
Reivew the minutes and Council motion, directing staff to work with the North Park Neighbourhood Association to develop a Memorandum of Understanding for the North Park use of the facility. Council also approved that ‘Wellness’ replace ‘Fitness’ in the project name.
February 16, 2017 - Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project, Update
Review the minutes and Council motion, directing staff to develop an implementation plan for a new facility to cost no more than $69.4 million. The funding is to consist of $10 million from a combination of the Buildings and Infrastructure Reserve Fund and the remainder through a combination of external borrowing and other funding opportunities.
December 1, 2016 - Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project, Update
Review the minutes and Council motion to receive the project update for information directing staff to explore
- site issues
- methods to mitigate risk
- parking and transportation options
- undertake value-engineering
- funding partnership possibilities
- options for leased space for sports/fitness and health/wellness professionals to be in facility
- options that could exist with other non-profit recreation providers
- exploration of partnership with non-profit housing prociders.
Project Feasibility Study
The purpose of the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre Feasibility Study was to assist the City with determining a course for future investment in recreation services as they relate to this facility. In October 2016, staff presented the ﬁndings of the draft report to Council Committee of the Whole for consideration. The outcome was a unanimous Council decision to develop a new facility to replace the aging existing facility, rather than renovate or rebuild on the existing location.
Motion: On February 23, 2017 Council directed staff to develop an implementation plan for a new facility to cost no more than $69.4 million. The funding will consist of $10 million from a combination of the Buildings and Infrastructure Reserve Fund and the remainder through a combination of external borrowing and other funding opportunities.