About the Project

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD), City of Fort St. John and District of Taylor have partnered to determine the future of the North Peace Leisure Pool and how best to address regional aquatic and other recreational service needs going forward.

The pool has served our region for generations. It provides fun, recreational activities for all ages. Generally, the pool hosts more than 100,000 individual visits annually, primarily from Fort St John, Taylor and the neighbouring PRRD communities (Electoral Areas B and C). That’s about 3.5 visits for every resident in the North Peace region.

Over the past decade, the North Peace Leisure Pool has been plagued with a variety of maintenance issues. Continual, repeated shutdowns of various pool features and shutdowns of the entire facility have negatively impacted community use of the pool. Ongoing capital and operating costs continue to increase due to these problems. We are also a growing community and the pool is no longer able to meet emerging community needs.

Working together, the four partners have started a planning process that included asking residents what they want in a new facility, and we have used this input to develop a mix of options for a new facility that reflect community priorities.

To date, there have been two rounds of community engagement to help determine the types of amenities residents in the partner jurisdictions want to see at a new facility. Results of the engagement were consistent across all participating communities. We heard strong support for a multi-use facility featuring both aquatic amenities and indoor recreation spaces. The following is an overview of some of the combined input from residents:

For more information on previous engagements, please refer to the public engagement reports available in the sidebar.

Project Timeline

  • 2018: Public engagement – define vision
  • 2019-2021: Project paused due to pandemic
  • 2022: Public engagement – amenity priorities
  • 2023: Feasibility study to develop options and assess costs completed and presented to project partners
  • 2024: Public engagement – Input on best mix of amenities and cost
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