Recreation Complex Rehabilitation Plan

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We'd love to get your input for the Powell River Recreation Complex Rehabilitation Plan.

Where can we make changes to improve the complex? Is it in the aquatic centre, fitness centre, the Hap Parker Arena and rink area, meeting rooms, accessibility, the theater? What are we missing? What do you want? The Architectural Rehabilitation Plan will make recommendations in facility improvements based, in part, on your answers to the project survey and input at public events.

The complex is the community hub of the region, delivering an enriched experience through many programs and services. Built in 1975, it is an aging building and requires upgrades. The Rehabilitation Plan will help us to prioritize improvements.

Help us plan for the present and future of the complex. Please, take a few moments to complete the survey by Friday, February 21.

Thank you.

We'd love to get your input for the Powell River Recreation Complex Rehabilitation Plan.

Where can we make changes to improve the complex? Is it in the aquatic centre, fitness centre, the Hap Parker Arena and rink area, meeting rooms, accessibility, the theater? What are we missing? What do you want? The Architectural Rehabilitation Plan will make recommendations in facility improvements based, in part, on your answers to the project survey and input at public events.

The complex is the community hub of the region, delivering an enriched experience through many programs and services. Built in 1975, it is an aging building and requires upgrades. The Rehabilitation Plan will help us to prioritize improvements.

Help us plan for the present and future of the complex. Please, take a few moments to complete the survey by Friday, February 21.

Thank you.

We invite you to ask your questions about the Recreation Complex Rehabilitation Plan.

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    I've brought this up before and spoke to staff and locals, I would like to see subsidized "unlimited" membership passes for low income families and singles. Yes, there are 52 passes a year which gives you access to the facilities once a week for "free". You need to go more than once a week to stay healthy. There are different programs in many communities across the country that offers this. This would not be a "free" membership but a subsidized one at an affordable rate based on income. You would still receive "income" instead of giving "free" passes.

    Larry Gerow Asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your suggestions on the program.  As it is a relatively new program, we will be reviewing it annually to see how we can become more accessible to the community.  Your recommendations are appreciated.

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    Can the lower seating area of the evergreen theatre be fitted with ramps so people with walkers can sit somewhere other than the last row? Those last row tickets sell fast.

    Gwen Asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your input.  We are striving to make our building accessible for everyone and this is a great suggestion.

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    Increasing the structure seems redundant if organization skills are terrible! Group events are lame! No food available! Skills advancement programs? Investing into skills development is far more important than expanding the building! Youth skills are more important than waisting money on a brand new building! Environmental skills tickets and trades skills could be dealt with in this facility! Like Diving ,harness training , confined space, search& rescue courses or safety skills for example would help both with utilizing the facility! And getting people involved with the recreational resources would inevitably become increasingly popular with the extra traffic!

    Skilled tradesmen Asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your input and suggestions involving skills development and advancement programs.  We value your comments and time.

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    Is there going to be more indoor activities for teenagers and young kids to be involved in once completed

    Roxanne Ferguson Asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question.  The purpose of the Architectural Rehabilitation Plan is to look at our current facility, and see where we need to go in the future.  This is the first stage of the plan where we are currently receiving public input on what is important.

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    I can't understand why just a year or so ago there was talk about reducing hours, services, etc. at the Complex because of costs, and then suddenly as a home owner in the Regional District, I am now paying extra taxes to support the Complex, and now you are talking about building on and creating more cost? With the already High taxes in Powell River and several major projects in the works, perhaps Now is not a good time to add to the tax payers burden!

    Sandra Asked 8 months ago

    Thank you. Your input is valuable to the project process and your comments will be added for consideration in the rehabilitation plan. It’s very important that everyone has the opportunity to be heard.

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    Are the change s including more for kids to do in pool rope s diving boards? And more teenager friendly

    Melinda Asked 8 months ago

    There have been no changes reccommended at this time. Changes & facility upgrades will be based on comments from the public during the public engagement meetings. Take time to attend the public meetings to make suggested facility upgrades.

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    Could you make sure that if there is an event on upstairs, at least tea and coffee are served, and even better, something to eat? You never have any adverts or indications downstairs that there is an event on upstairs. You could get more customers upstairs and downstairs if you did. Could we have working lockers soon? Many locks do not work. The staff downstairs are really nice.

    Joyce O'Reilly, customer downstairs Asked 8 months ago

    We’re thrilled that you plan to attend the public engagement events on Wednesday, January 22 at 6:30 pm and Thursday, January 23 at 6:30 pm. Tea, coffee, and cookies will be served.

    The events are currently being advertised online at prpeak.com. A story was published by the Peak on January 9, 2020: https://www.prpeak.com/news/powell-river-recreation-complex-rehabilitation-plan-underway-1.24049631

    A story was also published on mypowellrivernow.com on January 10, 2020: https://www.mypowellrivernow.com/26526/powell-river-looking-for-your-input-on-recreation-complex-upgrades/

    The dates and times of the public events are on the rehabilitation plan project page at www.participatePR.ca/rec-complex-rehab

    An extensive social media campaign is planned for this week, reminding the public of the engagement events

    The public events are advertised on our TV screens in the upstairs and downstairs lobbies of the recreation complex and there are sandwich boards, as well

    In regards to the lockers, this subject has been raised by people who have completed the survey. Staff have included the locker replacement as part of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture 2020 capital budget. If you have not already done so, we suggest you add your ideas by completing the survey.

    Thank you for your interest in this important City initiative.


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    Hi, I would like to cater my input to the Plan’s mission statement. Where could I find this information? Looking forward to attending the meetings. Thank you! Cindy S.

    Cindy Stahl Asked 8 months ago

    The mission statement is assigned to the contractor; Architecture 49, to complete, as part of their agreement with City. These public engagement events and answers from our survey will provide information to include in the mission statement.

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    Will the lockers in the woman’s change room be replaced? They are rusted and most don’t have working locks

    Lani Asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your comment.  We have put in a request for locker replacement into the Capital Budget pending approval.

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    I think the inside of the building could be utilized by re organizing the rooms. Spread the gym out take down walls Have aerobics yoga and weight room on same floor level. Daycare top floor easier to get children out of building in case of emergency. Better utilization of space in the building. New lockers for ladies change room and add more change rooms. Make the inside of the complex roomier to accommodate more people able to use the space already there. Definitely open up rooms for space and install wall dividers.

    Terri Glen Asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your comments and suggestions regarding the room layouts.  In regard to the lockers, we have put a request in the Capital Budget for locker replacements and are awaiting approval at this time.