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.

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.

  • About the Project

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    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
Page last updated: 28 May 2024, 03:42 PM