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Contact ondeck@csrd.bc.ca or Darcy Mooney, Manager Operations at 1.888.248.2773 if you have additional questions.

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Timeline

During the public engagement process, we connected with the community through open houses and surveys to understand what was most important. This feedback helped to prioritize options and prepare design features with cost estimates. This information was presented back to the community.

All technical documents have been completed and vetted through the advisory committee.

Next steps include:

  • research into potential donations, sponsorships and grant opportunities,
  • development of a communications and work plan in preparation for public assent,
  • a referendum on a capital loan required to build the facility.

Timeline Graphic Part 1: Referendum on a capital loan required to build the facility. Completion planned for October 15, 2022
Timeline Graphic Part 2: Decision on the referendum question. Completion planned June 2022
Timeline Graphic Part 3: Research into potential donations, sponsorships, and grant opportunities. Ongoing, March 2021 to present
Timeline Graphic Part 4: Develop and communicate preferred options and refined costs. Completed March 2021. Final Report Delivered.
Timeline Graphic Part 5: Sharing ideas and options back to the community. Completed early fall 2020
Timeline Graphic Part 6: Summer check-in with the community. Completed July 2020
Timeline Graphic Part 7: Prioritizing Options. Completed, ran April to June of 2020. Report on what we heard.
Timeline Graphic Part 8: Understanding community needs and values. Completed March 2020. Included pop-up events and open houses.
Timeline Graphic Part 1: Referendum on a capital loan required to build the facility. Completion planned for October 15, 2022
Timeline Graphic Part 2: Decision on the referendum question. Completion planned June 2022
Timeline Graphic Part 3: Research into potential donations, sponsorships, and grant opportunities. Ongoing, March 2021 to present
Timeline Graphic Part 4: Develop and communicate preferred options and refined costs. Completed March 2021. Final Report Delivered.
Timeline Graphic Part 5: Sharing ideas and options back to the community. Completed early fall 2020
Timeline Graphic Part 6: Summer check-in with the community. Completed July 2020
Timeline Graphic Part 7: Prioritizing Options. Completed, ran April to June of 2020. Report on what we heard.
Timeline Graphic Part 8: Understanding community needs and values. Completed March 2020. Included pop-up events and open houses.

The community will be updated on the next steps including a referendum, available grants, sponsorships and donations when more information is available. Thank you for your patience.


Contact

Take a look at the document centre archive to see how far we’ve come!

Watch for updates in the Golden Star, and our travelling information booth at local events.

Use #goldenondeck and follow @columbiashuswaprd on Instagram, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District on Facebook, and @ColShuRegDist on Twitter for social media updates.

Contact ondeck@csrd.bc.ca or Darcy Mooney, Manager Operations at 1.888.248.2773 if you have additional questions.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We want to be On Deck to provide answers to your questions about a proposed aquatic centre. As part of our commitment to you, we will be adding additional information to this page throughout the study process. Check back often for updates.

About the Project

The CSRD, its consultants, volunteers, and agents will work within the guidelines and orders of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafe BC related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

There are two issues motivating this project:

  1. The existing pool is aging
  2. There’s an increasing desire for year-round aquatic services.

The feasibility study will determine if there is sufficient community support for the Regional District to seek elector assent to replace the existing outdoor pool, owned and operated by the Town of Golden, with an indoor aquatic facility owned and operated by the Regional District.

The current public assent process phase will determine the level of support through grants, donations, and sponsorships.  This level of support will help to inform the amount of funds that will be necessary to borrow for the project.

The total project costs related to a new, indoor aquatic centre are estimated at $32.2 million dollars.  This is based on a construction timeline of 2024- 2025 with pool opening in 2026.  There is a fundraising goal of $17 million that will only be achieved through sponsorships, donations, in-kind contributions, and grants; this will help offset the total project cost.

The existing outdoor pool in Golden is owned and operated by the Town of Golden.  A recent Condition Assessment conducted on the facility suggested the facility requires replacement.  Total replacement value has been determined to be over $12 Million dollars. The outdoor pool provides aquatic recreation to users for approximately three months per year whereas an indoor aquatic centre provides recreational aquatic opportunities year-round.  In Phase 1, the community overwhelmingly supported an indoor aquatic facility.

If the referendum is successful, a new indoor aquatic centre will replace the existing outdoor swimming pool. Once the indoor aquatic center is constructed, the outdoor pool will be decommissioned.

The existing site contains recreational opportunities including the outdoor pool, the curling rink and the arena.  The zoning for recreational buildings such as a new aquatic centre is also in place.  There is a benefit to school recreational programming by having an indoor aquatic complex in close proximity to local schools. Placing a new indoor pool next to the existing arena and curling rink allows for the possibility of a shared common entrance and lobby and provides multiple benefits to operating demands such as staffing efficiencies and utilizing waste heat from the arena.

The operations of the existing outdoor pool will NOT be impacted if the indoor aquatic centre advances to construction. The indoor aquatic centre will be located on the same property as the existing pool, arena and curling rink but will not be placed over the existing pool footprint.  Once the indoor aquatic center is constructed, the outdoor pool will be decommissioned.

The Phase 1 Feasibility Study reviewed several suggestions from the community and while we would love to see all of them implemented, the current aquatic centre design was determined to be the best fit for our community needs at this time. All documents related to the feasibility study and community consultation are available for review in the document centre.

Website: www.goldenondeck.ca (you are here!) and watch for updates in the Golden Star.

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Currently Electoral Area A residents pay 48% of the budget for operations at the arena, library and curling rink and 20% of the costs associated with the existing outdoor pool in Golden (owned and operated by the Town of Golden).  The new aquatic facility would be owned by the CSRD and the aquatic centre and the arena would be housed in the same building.  It is understood that a new aquatic centre would be widely used by all benefiting property owners and provide region wide economic and health benefits.

Tax class information provided in the feasibility study is based on a residential tax multiplier of 1.0. Property owners within the Electoral Area would multiply the residential tax rate by the appropriate multiplier identified above, based on the property classification indicated on their property tax assessment.

Unlike a municipality, class multipliers for taxation rates within a regional district are set by the Province of BC as follows:

  • Residential          1.0
  • Utilities               3.5
  • Major Industry    3.4
  • Light Industry     3.4
  • Business/Other   2.45
  • Rec/Non Profit     1.0
  • Farm                   1.0

 

The Town of Golden sets the class multipliers for properties within the Town of Golden.  Property owners would multiply the residential tax rate by the appropriate multiplier set by the Town of Golden and the property classification indicated on their property tax notice. The Town of Golden’s 2020 class multipliers for taxation rates are as follows:

  • Residential          1.0
  • Utility                 7.39
  • Major Industry    6.14
  • Light Industry     3.6
  • Business/Other   2.30
  • Rec/Non-Profit    1.0

*Note – Town of Golden tax multipliers have been rounded to two decimal places.

 

Example:  a residential property owner in Electoral Area A with a property assessment (land and improvements) of $350,000:

If the residential tax rate for a new pool complex is $0.89/$1000 of assessed value than the calculation is:

$350,000 / 1000 = 350 x (0.89x 1.0) = $311.50 per year

 

A residential property owner in the Town of Golden with a property assessment (land and improvements) of $350,000:

If the residential tax rate for a new pool complex is $0.92/$1000 of assessed value than the calculation is:

$350,000 / 1000 = 350 x (0.92 x 1.0) = $322 per year

 

A property that is identified as business class valued at $500,000 in Electoral Area A:

$500,000 / 1000  = 500 x (0.89 x 2.45)  = $1090.25

 

A property that is identified as business class valued at $500,000 in the Town of Golden:

$500,000 / 1000  = 500 x (0.89 x 2.30)  = $1023.50

All capital assets have a useful life expectancy. Once capital assets have been fully depreciated, they need to be replaced. The assets in a complex structure like an aquatic facility are identified within asset categories based on those assets with similar Estimated Useful Life (EUL). For example, the building substructure has an EUL of 75 years, whereas equipment and furnishings have an EUL of 25 years.

Asset management and full life cycle costing will determine the annual average depreciation of all capital assets over a set time period to provide for an annual allocation of funds into a capital reserve account. This provides tax stabilization to ensure that necessary funds are available when assets require replacement.

The Aquatic Facility will require an initial capital loan with an amortization of 30 years. The annual capital reserve contribution will equal the 30-year average of capital renewals to ensure adequate funding is available for all renewals within the loan pay-back period.

An operational reserve account will also be established and funded on an annual basis to address any emergency or unexpected breakdowns or failures of equipment

It is anticipated that grant funds, sponsorships and donations will be necessary to reduce the tax burden on property owners if this project proceeds.  Grants, sponsorships and donation opportunities will be investigated once support for a preferred design option(s) have been determined.

If the CSRD Board supports a referendum as an appropriate form of assent, it would likely advance in 2021.

The construction timeline may be subject to available grant funding.  For purposes of capital costing, the timeline for construction has been estimated to occur in the first quarter  of 2022.  The Class D estimate has an escalation allowance that is currently based on a construction start of the first quarter of 2022. Should the timeline be pushed to construction start of the fourth quarter, the escalation allowance should be increased accordingly

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Referendum

The CSRD Board supported the referendum date to coincide with the next civic election on October 15, 2022. The referendum process will involve all eligible voters in the Town of Golden and Electoral Area A.

The referendum question has not been determined at this stage and will be based on an approximate capital loan amount of $15 million dollars to be payable over 30 years.

The referendum question will be determined by the CSRD and approved by the CSRD Board and the Province. It is currently anticipated that the CSRD Board will consider the referendum question by the regularly scheduled Board meeting in June 2022.

The construction timeline will be subject to having all of the necessary funds available for construction and may be subject to grant funding and donations along with borrowing.  For purposes of capital costing, the timeline for construction has been estimated to occur in the first quarter of 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Fundraising and Pledges

The fundraising campaign amount is roughly $17 million. This may change, and depends on costs of materials, the campaign length, and other factors. This money will offset the total project cost of $32.2 million.

There are lots of ways for you to support this project:

  • Pledge your support. Information on how to make a pledge will be coming soon.
  • Send a letter expressing your support.
  • Sign up for social media to receive updates.
  • Vote yes on the referendum vote happening October 15, 2022.

A pledge is a promise to give financially once the referendum is approved. A pledge helps us understand how much financial support there is from the community, and how far we have to go financially to meet the fundraising goal.

Pledges help us leverage funding from granting organizations and other partners. For these organizations, a pledge is as good as money in the bank.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Finances

The current budget predicts construction inflation to 2025 and if the project is delayed construction contingencies can be allocated to the service area budget or be added to the fundraising campaign goal.

The CSRD would own and operate the indoor aquatic centre if it proceeds.  A benefiting service area that includes all property owners within Electoral Area A and the Town of Golden is already established for the CSRD’s owned and operated Golden and District Arena that would be used to accommodate all operational costs of the Indoor aquatic centre.

The tax breakdown between Electoral Area A and the Town of Golden would be the same as the Golden Arena service area, where the property owners within the Town of Golden pay approximately 52% of the total costs and the property owners within Electoral Area A pay 48% of the total costs.

Currently Electoral Area A residents pay 48% of the budget for operations at the arena, library, and curling rink and 20% of the costs associated with the existing outdoor pool in Golden (owned and operated by the Town of Golden). The indoor aquatic centre would be owned by the CSRD, and the indoor aquatic centre and the arena would be housed in the same building.  It is understood that an indoor aquatic centre would be widely used by all benefiting property owners and provide region-wide economic and health benefits.

Tax class information provided in the feasibility study is based on a residential tax multiplier of 1.0. Property owners within the Electoral Area would multiply the residential tax rate by the appropriate multiplier identified above, based on the property classification indicated on their property tax assessment.

Unlike a municipality, class multipliers for taxation rates within a regional district are set by the Province of BC as follows:

  • Residential                1.0
  • Utilities                     3.5
  • Major Industry          3.4
  • Light Industry           3.4
  • Business/Other         2.45
  • Rec/Non-Profit          1.0
  • Farm                         1.0

 

The Town of Golden annually sets the class multipliers for properties within the Town of Golden.  Property owners would multiply the residential tax rate by the appropriate multiplier set by the Town of Golden and the property classification indicated on their property tax notice. The Town of Golden’s 2020 class multipliers for taxation rates are as follows:

 

  • Residential               1.0
  • Utility                      7.39
  • Major Industry         6.14
  • Light Industry          3.6
  • Business/Other        2.30
  • Rec/Non-Profit         1.0

*Note – Town of Golden tax multipliers have been rounded to two decimal places.

 

Example:  a residential property owner in Electoral Area A with a property assessment (land and improvements) of $500,000:

If the residential tax rate for the capital loan repayment of an indoor aquatic centre is $0.20/$1000 of assessed value than the calculation is:

$500,000 / 1000 = 500 x (0.20x 1.0) = $100.00 per year

 

A residential property owner in the Town of Golden with a property assessment (land and improvements) of $500,000:

If the residential tax rate for the capital loan repayment of the indoor aquatic centre  is $0.30/$1000 of assessed value than the calculation is:

$500,000 / 1000 = 500 x (0.30 x 1.0) = $150 per year

All capital assets have a useful life expectancy. Once capital assets have been fully depreciated, they need to be replaced. The assets in a complex structure like an aquatic facility are identified within asset categories based on those assets with similar Estimated Useful Life (EUL). For example, the building substructure has an EUL of 75 years, whereas equipment and furnishings have an EUL of 25 years.

Asset management and full life cycle costing will determine the annual average depreciation of all capital assets over a set time period to provide for an annual allocation of funds into a capital reserve account. This provides tax stabilization to ensure that necessary funds are available when assets require replacement.

The indoor aquatic centre will require an initial capital loan with an amortization of 30 years. The annual capital reserve contribution will equal 50% of the 30-year annual average of capital renewals to ensure reasonable funding is available for all renewals within the loan pay-back period.

An operational reserve account will also be established and funded on an annual basis to address any emergency or unexpected breakdowns or failures of equipment.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Pool Design

The BC Health Act requires the use of chlorine in all aquatic facilities to assist in the water disinfection process. However, there are many options for additional, secondary treatment measures like salt, ozone, or UV to reduce the amount of chlorine required to keep water quality at provincially mandated standards. Additionally, emphasis can be placed on pre-swim shower protocols, which can significantly reduce the bacteria and dirt introduced to the water and as a result reduce the level of chlorine required to clean it up. This project will carefully consider all the ways in which the reliance on chlorine can be reduced as much as possible.

The current design and Class D estimate has identified sustainability measures equivalent to a LEED Gold standard. Some features may include natural daylighting and ventilation, local materials, potential heat recovery from arena, storm water management, and innovative pool water disinfection systems.

Yes, the indoor aquatic centre will contain zero-entry features into every pool for easy access. The pool will also have a water resistance area for restoring muscle mass and flexibility.

Yes, to both. The indoor aquatic centre will be available year-round for competitive swimming and the swim club. Lessons will also be offered for people wanting to learn to swim and to improve their swimming technique.


Get Involved

Jump In

Thank you for your interest! There are different ways you can get involved with this exciting project:

Become a Social Media Ambassador!

Use #goldenondeck and follow @columbiashuswaprd on Instagram, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District on Facebook, and @ColShuRegDist on Twitter for social media updates and share our posts.

Share your opinion!

Email your 300-word, first-person perspective about why you are in favour or opposed to the proposed aquatic centre.  Your perspective could be shared in the Golden Star or via CSRD social media!

Email your submission to: ondeck@csrd.bc.ca.

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Document Centre

Document Centre

Advisory Committee Meetings

The Advisory Committee met seven times over the course of the project. Please see table below to access meeting agendas, meeting minutes and presentation materials.

Technical Memos

The ongoing findings of the feasibility study was captured in a series of three technical memos. Each Technical Memo focused on a specific area of study:

  1. Review of the existing systems and benchmarking, and develop vision and guiding principles.
  2. Needs/benefit assessment and stakeholder engagement.
  3. Identification and prioritization of options.
  4. Summarization and costing of the preferred concept design of the proposed Aquatic Centre.

Executive Summary

The Executive Summary has been developed to provide a convenient, one-stop place for residents to get an overview of the project.


Working Group

Working Group

Formed in 2019, an Advisory Committee represented the community in a consultative capacity to CSRD staff and the Electoral Area A Director. The Committee’s role was to be a source of comprehensive and representative input.

The Advisory Committee’s work was completed with the CSRD Board’s acceptance of the Feasibility Study Final Report on May 20, 2021.

As part of the new Assent of Electors phase of the project, the CSRD has formed a Working Group with relevant community membership to guide the project to referendum, scheduled for October 15, 2022.

On Deck is an initiative of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD), in partnership with the Town of Golden.

Working Group – Voting members

Town of Golden

  • Kat Coatesworth
  • Spencer Lainchbury

Electoral Area A

  • Justin Telfor
  • Mike Cantle
  • Stefanie Chomiak

Working Group – Non-voting members

Town of Golden

  • Jordan Petrovics, Manager of Recreation Services
  • Ron Oszust, Mayor

CSRD

  • Darcy Mooney, Manager of Operations
  • Karen Cathcart, Director, Electoral Area A
  • Phaedra Turner, Team Leader, Administrative Services, Operations Management
  • Ryan Nitchie, Team Leader of Community Services


The Project

How We Got Here

With an aging outdoor pool, and a growing desire for year-round swimming opportunities, the CSRD, with support from the Town of Golden, sought input on the potential for something new: an indoor aquatic centre.

In the fall of 2019, the CSRD hired HCMA Architecture + Design to carry out a feasibility study that included receiving input from the community. The study determined priorities around functional programming, guiding principles, and vision for a new indoor aquatic centre. The overall goal was to ensure that a potential facility is anchored to the needs and identity of the community.

HCMA’s mandate was to work with the public, CSRD staff, and an Advisory Committee to determine whether there was a rationale for replacing the existing outdoor pool with an indoor aquatic facility. Understanding community views around current and future aquatics use was an important part of the project.

This project feasibility phase concluded in the summer of 2021, with broad public support for an indoor aquatic centre that featured separated zero-entry lap and leisure pools, hot tub and sauna, and meeting rooms and a large lobby area.

In the fall of 2021, the CSRD hired KEA Canada to help develop and implement a fundraising campaign that would lead the CSRD to a referendum on the borrowing of funds to construct an indoor aquatic centre in Golden to serve Golden and Electoral Area A.  This public assent phase will end on the referendum date of October 15, 2022.


Home

Jump In

Welcome to On Deck.

This is where all information related to the Columbia Shuswap’s Indoor Aquatic Centre Feasibility Study for Electoral Area A and the Town of Golden is located. We invite you to explore this website to learn more about the project or get involved.

A finalized referendum question is anticipated to be considered by the CSRD Board by the end of June, 2022.

The referendum voting date is October 15, 2022.

The feasibility study phase of the project initiated in 2019 is complete and the project is now in the fundraising and public assent phase.

All Technical Memos and the Final Report have been posted in the Document Centre. This is where you can find all the information related to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Indoor Aquatic Centre Feasibility Study for Electoral Area A and the Town of Golden.

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