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 have been working on a plan for how we're going to replace the pool based on a solution that suits our community, including offering broader recreational activities for our residents.

Developing Facility Options and Cost Estimates

The PRRD held workshops in April to share what was learned from the first two rounds of community engagement held in 2018 and 2022, present facility options that were developed based on community priorities and discuss related amenities, costs and tax impacts. We also completed an activity to learn more about amenity priorities balanced with cost.

The three facility options presented included two aquatics only options, and one multi-use option that features aquatics and indoor amenities. The estimated costs were higher than anticipated, and we are now working with residents to gain insight into what cost would be acceptable and what amenity mix would be the most important within that budget. For more details about the project, facility options developed based on the initial community input in 2018 and 2022, and estimated project cost and tax impacts, please see Facility Options.

Residents in the four partner jurisdictions (PRRD Areas B and C, Fort St. John and Taylor) asked lots of great questions and shared their input on the facility options and cost for the North Peace Leisure Facility Project. The next step is to present what we learned from the workshops and collect additional feedback at open houses and through a community survey. Your input in this community engagement will contribute towards the development of a final option for a new facility.

Questions? You can reach out using the Questions tab below.


OPEN HOUSES & COMMUNITY SURVEY

We want to hear from you.

We’re inviting residents in the four partner jurisdictions to join us at open houses that will be taking place in May and share your input on the community survey.

We’re looking for your feedback on:

  • Project cost and tax impacts
  • Priorities for amenities balanced with cost
  • Level of support for the project and potential options

Attend an open house

Come out to ask questions of the project team and provide your feedback on the ideas and input shared during the April workshops. The open houses are from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can drop by at any time during the open house and stay as long as you like. All open houses will have the same content, and no registration is required.

The May 2024 Open House Display Boards are posted under Project Documents.

May 21, 2024 Zoom link: Virtual Open House

Complete the survey

Starting May 6, 2024, we will be conducting a survey by phone and online to collect additional feedback. If you receive a phone call from Research Co asking for your input about the North Peace Leisure Facility project, please take a few minutes to complete this statistically valid survey of community views.

Community Survey Link: North Peace Leisure Facility Project Community Survey

Please complete the survey by May 27, 2024.

The North Peace Leisure Pool is aging and its infrastructure is failing, resulting in service interruptions and other impacts on pool users. We have been working on a plan for how we're going to replace the pool based on a solution that suits our community, including offering broader recreational activities for our residents.

Developing Facility Options and Cost Estimates

The PRRD held workshops in April to share what was learned from the first two rounds of community engagement held in 2018 and 2022, present facility options that were developed based on community priorities and discuss related amenities, costs and tax impacts. We also completed an activity to learn more about amenity priorities balanced with cost.

The three facility options presented included two aquatics only options, and one multi-use option that features aquatics and indoor amenities. The estimated costs were higher than anticipated, and we are now working with residents to gain insight into what cost would be acceptable and what amenity mix would be the most important within that budget. For more details about the project, facility options developed based on the initial community input in 2018 and 2022, and estimated project cost and tax impacts, please see Facility Options.

Residents in the four partner jurisdictions (PRRD Areas B and C, Fort St. John and Taylor) asked lots of great questions and shared their input on the facility options and cost for the North Peace Leisure Facility Project. The next step is to present what we learned from the workshops and collect additional feedback at open houses and through a community survey. Your input in this community engagement will contribute towards the development of a final option for a new facility.

Questions? You can reach out using the Questions tab below.


OPEN HOUSES & COMMUNITY SURVEY

We want to hear from you.

We’re inviting residents in the four partner jurisdictions to join us at open houses that will be taking place in May and share your input on the community survey.

We’re looking for your feedback on:

  • Project cost and tax impacts
  • Priorities for amenities balanced with cost
  • Level of support for the project and potential options

Attend an open house

Come out to ask questions of the project team and provide your feedback on the ideas and input shared during the April workshops. The open houses are from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can drop by at any time during the open house and stay as long as you like. All open houses will have the same content, and no registration is required.

The May 2024 Open House Display Boards are posted under Project Documents.

May 21, 2024 Zoom link: Virtual Open House

Complete the survey

Starting May 6, 2024, we will be conducting a survey by phone and online to collect additional feedback. If you receive a phone call from Research Co asking for your input about the North Peace Leisure Facility project, please take a few minutes to complete this statistically valid survey of community views.

Community Survey Link: North Peace Leisure Facility Project Community Survey

Please complete the survey by May 27, 2024.

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  • Proposed Facility Options

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    Thanks to the input from residents in the PRRD Areas B and C, Fort St. John and Taylor, we have a list of priority amenities for a new North Peace Leisure Facility. For more information about what was learned, please refer to the 2018 Community Engagement Summary Report and 2022 Community Engagement Summary Report, available under Project Documents.

    We used these priorities to develop four options for a new facility and then looked into the cost. The options reflect what we heard from the community though two rounds of public input, which indicated broad support for a new multi-purpose aquatics and recreation centre. The options also reflect the City of Fort St. John’s long-term recreation master plan, which was developed in consultation with the PRRD and District of Taylor.

    Unfortunately, the costs were a lot higher than anticipated due to inflation and the construction market. We ruled out one option immediately, and we are taking the other three options forward to our communities for input. Before deciding how to move forward, we feel it is important to share with you what we’ve learned and invite input on what cost would be acceptable to our communities along with the preferred amenities that we can afford.

    Depending on the amenities offered, the project cost estimates range from $136 million up to $284 million, for construction and other project costs. It’s important to note that these are rough estimates. The actual costs will depend on the mix of amenities, the timing of construction and other factors.

    We are concerned about how much the project would cost and the impacts on taxpayers. While we are exploring other funding options such as grants, we need to make sure the amount is acceptable to residents if we don’t get other funding.

    Our goal is to finalize an option and cost for the facility that works for residents so we can secure funding and move to design and construction.

    Three Facility Options

    The three facility options and related cost estimates are being shared with the community as a starting point for discussion with residents about what they want and what they can afford.   

    • Two of the options are for an enhanced and expanded aquatics centre (one with a 50-metre lap pool)
    • The third option is multi-use facility with an enhanced aquatics centre with additional recreational amenities, including two gymnasiums, an indoor sports field and other spaces.
    • A fourth option for a multi-use facility and 50-metre lap pool was assessed, but the estimated cost was $419 million so it was removed from consideration.

    A detailed breakdown of all three options and related project cost and tax estimates can be found below. 

    PLEASE NOTE: The cost estimates were completed last fall and are based on construction taking place in 2026. The tax increase amounts are based on average assessed property values in each jurisdiction and include operating cost starting in 2028, annual debt repayment costs for the construction project and a 3% capital replacement cost.

    The actual project cost and tax amounts will depend on final design, timing of construction, property value, taxation model and service area.

    The average assessed property values used to calculate the tax impacts in each jurisdiction are based on 2023 assessments as follows:

    Fort St. John: $353,000

    Area B: $222,000

    Area C: $393,000

    Taylor: $257,000

    The following table provides the estimated tax rate per $1,000 in assessed property value used to calculate the estimated tax increase for each option. 

    Option 1 Enhanced Aquatic Facility with 2, 25-metre Lap Pools

    Option 2 Enhanced Aquatic Facility with 50-metre Lap Pool

    Option 3 Multi-use Facility

    $1.1960

    $2.3019

    $2.1394

     

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