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West Kelowna hopes for grant money in plans for Johnson-Bentley pool expansion

Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre.
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June 29, 2016 - 12:00 PM

WEST KELOWNA - Staff want to spend $50,000 for architectural drawings of a possible expansion of the Johnson-Bentley pool in case grant opportunities become available.

A facility assessment of the aquatic facility completed in 2011 concluded the front reception and administration area were 'insufficient, at capacity and non-functional', facilities manager Erin Goodwin says in a report to council.

West Kelowna has spent $1 million on the facility since 2011, the report notes, but the space deficiencies remain and could be corrected by adding more programming space and then renovating older programming rooms into new adminstrative offices.

As envisioned, the expansion would add 3,000 square feet to the facility and would include a larger fitness and weight room, more storage and multipurpose rooms and a more functional front reception area.

Future expansion of the pool area would not be affected, should funds be found to make it happen. No timeline or budget is connected to either expansion.

West Kelowna has already budgeted $50,000 for the architechtural drawings in its 10-year capital plan. Having the drawings at hand will 'allow the city to have an expansion plan and shelf-ready project in the event grant opportunities become available', the report says.

Communities across Canada are lining up with similar plans to take advantage of the $125 billion infrastructure funding the federal Liberal government has said it will spend over the next four years.

Council will consider the report at its regular meeting, Tuesday, June 28, at West Kelowna municipal hall.


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