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New Aquatic Facility
On August 25th, 2020, during a Special Meeting of Council, Town Council directed Administration to move forward with the construction of a new Aquatic Facility, as presented in the Validation Report.
This motion came following the successful receipt of grant funding from the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) in the amount of $7,584,956. On August 25th, 2020, the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Catherine McKenna announced that the grant application had been approved! As part of the Final Budget for 2020 Town Council committed $5 million to the construction of a new Aquatic Facility, and Brazeau County also passed a motion to contribute $5 million.
This new facility will include an 8 lane, 25 meter lap pool, leisure pool and lazy river, hot tub, steam room, multi-purpose room and support spaces as well as a potential water slide. The facility has been designed to reduce operational costs by focusing on energy optimization that meets the 2017 National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB), making it energy efficient, further contributing to operational cost savings in the building.
Mayor Doerksen said,
““This long-awaited announcement is extremely exciting for our community. Town Council, along with Administration, have been pursuing the vision of a new aquatic facility since 2012; I am ecstatic to announce that our dedication and planning for this project over the last 8 years is finally coming to fruition! Investing in new facilities is a critical component to any municipality, not only for the well-being and enjoyment of our residents but is an important step in growing the economy by attracting new families and visitors to Drayton Valley. This is a significant undertaking and I was also pleased to work with our municipal neighbours on this project for the mutual benefit of our region and residents.”
View the Town’s full press release here.
A Validation Report was undertaken in 2019, and was adopted during the March 18, 2020 Regular Meeting of Council. This document outlines cost and construction timelines, as well as offering a glimpse at the layout and location of the new facility.
The Validation Report can be viewed here.
The press release from the Government of Canada can be viewed here.
The press release from the Government of Alberta can be viewed here.
The Aquatic Centre will support healthy, active lifestyles. It will also provide opportunities for families to enjoy time together and connect with the community.
- Increased annual attendance from 86,000 in current pool to projected 116,600 visits in new aquatic centre
- Increased swimmer satisfaction as the separate tanks will allow warmer temperatures for the leisure pool users and cooler temperatures for the competition tank users
- Increased economic activity as local businesses and retailers provide services and products for the increased number of users at the aquatic centre
- Increased community growth as the Drayton Valley community will raise its prominence as a community of choice
Sponsors will be given opportunities to be actively engaged in the activities and programs of the Aquatic Centre. This can take many forms, and there are many sponsorship opportunities available!
For full details, and a list of sponsorship opportunities, check out our brochure!