North Peace Leisure Facility Replacement Project

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The North Peace Leisure Pool is aging and its infrastructure is failing, resulting in service interruptions and other impacts on pool users. We need a plan for how we're going to replace or renovate the pool based on a solution that suits our community. But we also see this as an opportunity to offer broader recreational activities for our residents.

The PRRD (Area B and Area C), City of Fort St. John and District of Taylor are working together to explore options for a new or renovated facility to serve the North Peace region. To do this, the partners initiated a feasibility study in 2018 to determine the future of the pool and how to best address regional aquatic and recreational service needs going forward. This included asking residents about what they would like to see at a future facility. Residents shared lots of great ideas on how they use the facility and what recreational spaces and amenities they would like to see for aquatics, social spaces and other indoor activities. Now the partners are moving ahead with the next step in the feasibility study.


Jump in! Help set priorities

The current round of community engagement will further refine the public's preferred priorities for a new aquatics and recreation facility. The input will be used to develop recommendations to the project partners that will include:

  • potential recreational and aquatics amenities
  • anticipated operating and capital costs
  • space program, conceptual test fits with site options
  • governance and partnership options



Help shape your future aquatic and recreation facility!

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PROJECT PARTNERS


The North Peace Leisure Pool is aging and its infrastructure is failing, resulting in service interruptions and other impacts on pool users. We need a plan for how we're going to replace or renovate the pool based on a solution that suits our community. But we also see this as an opportunity to offer broader recreational activities for our residents.

The PRRD (Area B and Area C), City of Fort St. John and District of Taylor are working together to explore options for a new or renovated facility to serve the North Peace region. To do this, the partners initiated a feasibility study in 2018 to determine the future of the pool and how to best address regional aquatic and recreational service needs going forward. This included asking residents about what they would like to see at a future facility. Residents shared lots of great ideas on how they use the facility and what recreational spaces and amenities they would like to see for aquatics, social spaces and other indoor activities. Now the partners are moving ahead with the next step in the feasibility study.


Jump in! Help set priorities

The current round of community engagement will further refine the public's preferred priorities for a new aquatics and recreation facility. The input will be used to develop recommendations to the project partners that will include:

  • potential recreational and aquatics amenities
  • anticipated operating and capital costs
  • space program, conceptual test fits with site options
  • governance and partnership options



Help shape your future aquatic and recreation facility!

Click to engage



PROJECT PARTNERS


  • Have you entered the Summer Fun Prize Pack draw?

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    Get your entries in before July 7 @ 4:30pm MST. The prize winner will be drawn on July 11!

    Can't complete it online? Contact the PRRD at prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca or call 250 784-3200 and ask for Community Services. We can send you a paper survey or help you complete it by phone.

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  • Telephone surveys are being conducted!

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    Did you receive an incoming call from an unfamiliar BC number?

    Research & Co. will be assisting the PRRD with conducting a random sample survey of 500 households in the North Peace concerning the North Peace Leisure Pool.
    If you are contacted, please take 5 minutes to answer their questions to help shape the future of our next facility! If you filled out an online survey already, thank you for your feedback and it still counts! The telephone survey is an added step in the public engagement process to make sure your opinions are counted, and to be accessible to those who don't have reliable internet or struggle with online surveys.


    Please note that not every unfamiliar number is associated with the North Peace Leisure Pool feasibility study survey. The listing will display as British Columbia and the folks at Research and Co. will clearly state who they are and what the survey is about. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes of your time, and is completely optional.

    Thank you to everyone who has given their feedback so far, and helped set priorities for the new aquatics and recreation centre!

    Want to complete the survey online? Click here
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  • How we operate the current pool together and looking into the future

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    Partners in the Existing North Peace Leisure Pool

    Did you know that the current pool As a result of the City/Regional District partnership, the North Peace Leisure Pool is currently funded by PRRD and City property taxes, along with facility user fees.

    As partners, they created the North Peace Leisure Commission with representatives from both the PRRD and the City who share the responsibility to establish policies, procedures and management goals and objectives for the operation of the facilities. The Commission is comprised of the PRRD Directors representing Electoral Areas B and C and members of Fort St. John Council.

    The pool has served our region for generations. It provides fun, recreational activities for all ages. Kids learn to swim, families enjoy leisure time together, seniors, lap swimmers and others are able to stay active and fit, patients rehab from injury, individuals and teams train and compete and some just enjoy a hot soak or steam. The number of kids who have hosted birthday parties at the pool is enormous!

    On average, the pool hosts more than 100,000 user visits annually. Here‘s a breakdown of typical annual use

    1. 57% Admission Public Swim
    2. 25% Red Cross + Lessons
    3. 6% Swim Club
    4. 5% Aquafit
    5. 4% Lap Swims
    6. 2.5% Showers, Cardio, Hot Spots


    The pool is well used by residents from across the region. About 60% of users in a recent year came from Fort St. John, while about 40% came from Taylor and Electoral Areas B and C.


    Partners looking into the future

    The District of Taylor along with the City of Fort St John, and Electoral Areas B and C are also partners in the feasibility study to ensure future plans meet the needs and concerns of its community.

    Recreation facilities like the pool are a big part of what makes our community a great place to live, but they also come with a big price tag.

    Working in partnership means we are leveraging the expertise and funding from two organizations. Ultimately, it’s our residents who benefit from more programs and amenities.

    With multiple partners, we spread the cost to build and operate the facility over a larger number of taxpayers – and that includes residential and industrial/commercial tax bases.

    Working together comes with a lot of benefits. We can do more in terms of the building design and program delivery and offering a wider variety of sport and recreational activities.


  • What we heard during the open house sessions

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    An in-person open house was held at the North Peace Leisure Pool on June 7, 2022, and a virtual open house on June 9. At the in-person event, each person was given 5 stickers to vote on the most important features in a new facility; read on to view the results.

    Did you miss the open houses?

    View display boards
    Watch a recording of the
    Virtual Open House
    Watch FAQ video


    Do you agree with how your community voted? Please let us know by filling out the survey here.


  • Ways to engage on the project

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    Open House sessions

    An in-person open house was conducted at the North Peace Leisure Facility on June 7 and a virtual open house on June 9. If you missed the open houses, check out the display boards or check back soon to watch a recording of the virtual open house.

    Complete the online survey

    Complete the survey between June 7 and July 7, 2022. Click here to start the survey!(External link)

    Can't complete it online? Contact the PRRD at prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca(External link) or call 250 784-3200 and ask for Community Services. We can send you a paper survey or help you complete it by phone.


    Complete the telephone survey

    Research & Co. will be assisting the PRRD with conducting a random sample survey of 500 households in the North Peace. If you are contacted, please take 5 minutes to answer the questions and help shape our next facility.

  • Media release: June 3, 2022

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    North Peace residents to help plan new aquatics and recreation facility




    Join us at an open house event to find out more!

    The PRRD, in cooperation with the City of Fort St. John and the District of Taylor are sharing what residents told us they'd like to see in a new community and aquatics facility in 2018. We now need your help to prioritize all of those great ideas!

    Please attend an open house (either in person, or virtual).


    In-person event:
    June 7 from 4:30-7:30pm at the North Peace Leisure Pool (9505 100 Street, Fort St. John)

    Virtual event:
    June 9 at 7pm at https://bit.ly/3wqSqUl
    Meeting ID: 848 0163 0240 I Passcode: 578308 I Phone: 1-778-907-2071

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  • 2018 Study

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    Did you tell us what you would like to see in a new recreational facility?

    During the Summer of 2018, we talked to people at all sorts of community events and did both an online and paper survey to find out what the priorities might be for a new facility! Did you drop in to a pop-up? Did you tell us your ideas at the Ideas fair? Did you fill out a survey?


    Check Out What We've Learned:

    If you'd like to know more about what the North Peace Community said about the project over the summer of 2018, have a look at the Public Engagement Report which compiles all of the input received into one place! If you have comments, please let us know.


Page last updated: 29 Jun 2022, 12:37 PM