Community Recreation Complex Project
We’re replacing the aging recreation facilities and library in our downtown with a vibrant community hub, where people will gather, meet for coffee, watch or participate in activities, and access a variety of services.
Located south of Wilson Avenue between Mary Hill Road and Kingsway Avenue, the 205,000-square-foot Community Recreation Complex will include a leisure pool, three ice sheets, library, multi-use spaces, games room and lounge, café, gym, fitness centre, outdoor plaza and more.
Existing recreation and library facilities will stay open until they are replaced. New amenities will start opening in 2019, with project completion in 2021.
An adjacent private development is to include a mix of apartment buildings, seniors’ and rental housing, and a restaurant or café.
- Site prep and demo of front portion of Wilson Centre in April
- Excavation work in May
- Updated floor plans in May
During the construction, access to the existing recreation complex has been moved to two new fully accessible entrances on the west and east sides of the building.
- Vehicles approach the west entrance from Kelly Avenue, and the east entrance from Kingsway Avenue.
- The east entrance will also provide drop-off space and access to the second floor.
- Accessible leisure pool with sloped entry and three 20m lanes
- Three ice sheets: one spectator, one participant and one multi-purpose
- Games room, lounge and kitchen with programming for youth and seniors
- A variety of multi-purpose rooms
- Terry Fox Library, integrated within the facility
- Child minding area
- Fitness centre
- Outdoor plaza with seating, sport courts, amphitheatre and spray park
- Sport medicine office
- Underground parkade
- A café
The new pool will be similar in size to Hyde Creek Recreation Centre’s leisure pool and will focus on leisure and therapeutic activities.
It will feature a sloped entry and will be warmer and shallower than the facilities at Hyde Creek and Centennial Outdoor Pool, both of which will continue to accommodate competitive and fitness-focused swimmers.
To retain the city’s competitive swimming capacity, the City has allocated funding to refurbish Centennial Pool, including the washroom and changing areas.
The three ice sheets will include:
- a main spectator arena – 800 seats
- a participant rink – approx. 150 seats
- a multi-purpose rink with viewing opportunities from the main corridor, which will be a community gathering space
The multi-purpose rink will incorporate an accessible design that allows for standard ice uses (e.g. hockey, ringette and sledge hockey), but it will also have removable boards and other design features to allow for leisure ice, figure skating, or other specific programming that uses a non-standard ice configuration.
Construction Timing and Impacts
Ground-breaking started in mid-March, interior alterations have been completed and programs have been relocated within the existing facility or at Leigh Square Community Arts Village. Once demolition is completed of the front end of Wilson Centre, ground preparations for the new complex will start.
Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex and Terry Fox Library will remain open until they are replaced. Due to the phased construction approach, new areas will be constructed while existing components are still in use.
This will ensure that services and programming currently offered on the site will continue to be available throughout the construction process. New amenities will start opening up in 2019.
Mitigating Construction Impacts
Safety will be the top priority throughout the project. Public access will be limited to safe areas, but visitors can expect construction noise and vibration at times.
We will do our best to limit the impacts, and appreciate your patience.
City staff are working closely with users and rental groups to reduce the impact on programs as much as possible. In some cases, programs will be temporarily relocated to other sites or spaces, with ample notice provided to participants.
The City has committed to keeping the public and users updated on the project’s progress and construction impacts through information bulletins, website updates and other means.
A stakeholder group has also been formed to provide feedback and engage with the community during the construction process.
Some tree removal on the site took place as part of the construction preparation.
The first phase of construction will eliminate all parking on the north side of the building and much of the west-side parking.
Free parking is no longer be available to West Coast Express commuters, and all on-site parking is limited to three hours.
To ensure parking is available for facility users and customers of local businesses, the city will actively enforce the posted parking limits at the complex and nearby streets, and issue tickets of up to $40 when necessary.
Commuters are encouraged to:
- take transit to the station
- walk or cycle to the station (view trail map)
- use the park and ride lots in Port Coquitlam or neighbouring cities.
There is also some limited parking available within walking distance in the area or at Gates Park.
Financing and Tax Impact
The impact on taxpayers is being phased in over several years. Taxpayers will pay a $25 parcel tax per property from 2017 to 2020, and property taxes will increase 0.5 per cent in 2017, one per cent in 2018 and one per cent in 2019 to pay for this project. This is in addition to tax increases of 1.28 per cent in 2015 and 0.5 per cent in 2016 that were directed towards the project.
For the average homeowner, the combined levy and tax increases related to the new complex will equate to approximately $110 more in property taxes each year until 2020, and $85 per year afterwards (actual dollar amount will vary based on property value).
The funds collected will initially help pay for the construction of the complex, and will then be used for a loan repayment and ongoing operational and maintenance costs.
- $17 million: sale of city-owned lands, including the former public works yard for the residential and commercial component of the project
- $12.5 million: federal infrastructure grant
- $41.2 million: various internal and reserve funds
- $52 million: borrowed over a 30-year term
- $7.3 million: Community Recreation Complex levies from 2015 to 2019
- $2 million: $25/property parcel tax from 2017 to 2020
A $25 parcel tax will be levied to all Port Coquitlam taxpayers from 2017-2020 to help finance the new Community Recreation Complex.
The tax will raise $2 million towards the construction of the facility in downtown Port Coquitlam. To be completed in 2021, the complex will be a vibrant community hub providing a range of recreational amenities, a library and public spaces.
Parcel Tax Details
- The $25 parcel tax applies to every parcel in Port Coquitlam, and is the same for every parcel. (More than 99% of Port Coquitlam properties have only one parcel. However, those that do have more than one parcel will be charged $25 per parcel.)
- The $25 parcel tax will only be levied from 2017 to 2020 – a total of $100/parcel.
- No properties may opt out of the tax, including those that receive permissive tax exemptions (e.g. churches).
- The funds collected will only be used for the Community Recreation Complex project.
- The parcel tax will appear as a distinct $25 line item on each property’s tax notice.
Why is a Parcel Tax Being Applied?
A variety of funding mechanisms are being implemented to finance the project, to mitigate the impact on taxpayers as much as possible.
The parcel tax will distribute the financing of the project among all parcels, and will only be applied for a finite amount of time (2017-2020).
Following a competitive process, the City selected Ventana Construction, a Burnaby-based general contractor and construction manager, to plan, design and construct the project.
The residential and mixed-use components will offer various ownership and occupancy options. Development of these components will proceed through the City’s regular approval process and dovetail with the Community Recreation Complex construction.
Ventana, which built the Langley Events Centre and Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, focuses on building multi-unit residential, commercial, light industrial and public recreational facilities, primarily in Metro Vancouver.
Ventana has partnered with Quantum Properties for the residential and commercial components and Architecture 49 for the design.
Quantum Properties is an Abbotsford-based real estate development and construction company that has built a number of condo and commercial-retail projects in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Architecture 49 is one of the largest architectural firms in Canada and has designed numerous recreational centres.
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