Make a Splash

Your Community. Your Aquatic Centre.

A future indoor aquatic centre will be in the heart of Golden. It will replace the aging outdoor pool and become a year-round hub for the town and surrounding community.

New Golden Aquatic Centre, artist sketch of the interior

Facility features

  • 6-lane pool
  • Leisure pool, including lazy river, tots area, spray features, and beach entry
  • Sauna/steam room
  • Hot pool
  • Universal and gendered change rooms
  • Large multi-purpose room
  • Administration

Project Costs

The total capital cost related to the new aquatic centre is estimated at approximately $35 million dollars.

For comparison, the cost of replacing Golden’s existing outdoor pool, open only three months of the year, was assessed at more than $12 million dollars in 2020. That figure is likely to have increased with recent inflation.

Find information on capital and operating costs for the facility, including access to a personalized tax calculator tool.

Current Outdoor Pool

Full Replacement Cost
$12,000,000 (2020 estimate)

Any long-term borrowing to go to referendum

Annual Operating Cost*
$390,000

Annual Operating Revenue
$90,000

Annual Contributions to Reserve
None.

Annual Operating Cost per Household†
$110 in Golden
$25 in Electoral Area A

Indoor Aquatic Centre

Final Capital Cost
$35,000,000 (2022 Q2 estimate)

30-Year Loan
$18,000,000

Annual Operating Cost*
$815,000

Annual Operating Revenue Projection
$220,000

Annual Contributions to Reserve
$125,000

Annual Operating Cost per Household†
$135 in Golden
$115 in Electoral Area A

* The new facility will be funded through the existing Electoral Area A and Golden Recreation Service Bylaw for the arena facility, with all properties within Golden to pay approximately 52.5% of the total costs and all properties in Electoral Area A to pay 47.5% of the total costs. For the outdoor pool, operating costs are currently allocated 80% to the Town of Golden and 20% to Electoral Area A.

† Annual operating costs per household reflect cost to an average residential property in Golden ($451,976) or Electoral Area A ($465,042).

Funding the new facility

We have a fundraising goal of $17 million dollars. This money will be used to offset the total project cost.

The remaining project cost will be funded through a loan of $17-19 million to be repaid over 30 years, with an annual repayment cost of $150-200 per household based on average residential property values in Golden and Electoral Area A. The loan amount will be confirmed in June 2022.

If the referendum is successful, the CSRD has five years to initiate the loan. Fundraising will continue during this period until the total necessary funds for construction are in place.

Funding for the new facility will come from a range of sources as shown below. The exact split will vary depending on the grants, sponsorships, and donations received.

Pie Graph of the Golden and Area A Aquatic Centre Capital Contribution Projection: Total Capital Cost $35 million. Loan Proceeds - 50%, Local Donations/Sponsorships - 17%, Federal/Provincial Grants - 23%, CSRD Contributions - 7%, Local Grants - 3%

How we got here

Through 2019 to 2021, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) carried out a feasibility study on a new indoor aquatic centre in Golden.

Extensive engagement with an advisory committee and the broader community led to a vision statement and guiding principles, and then to the identification of preferred features for the future facility. These were balanced with meeting the desired cost and design.

The feasibility study found there was widespread community support to replace the current outdoor pool with an indoor aquatic facility.

To read the feasibility study and explore other key documents, head to the Document Centre.

Vision Statement

The Golden Aquatic Centre will be home grown. It will proudly reflect the unique character of its place and bring all regional residents together through inclusive recreational activities. It will be a year-round, vibrant, community hub that provides health and wellness opportunities for all.

Guiding Principles

The Golden Aquatic Centre will be…

  1. Community Focused – A social hub of activity beyond aquatic use bringing local and regional residents together as one community.
  2. Inclusive – Accessible and welcoming to all.
  3. Realistic – Rooted in grounded aspirations that achieve the best possible outcome.
  4. A Unique Landmark – Born out of community input and passion representing the special character of its people and place.
  5. A Place of Wellness – Supportive of the individual and the community health and wellness needs.
  6. Versatile – Adaptable in the way that it meets the needs of residents both now and in the future.