photo: Al Waters The City of West Kelowna will be applying for new funding from federal and provincial governments to upgrade and expand the fitness and administration facilities at the Johnson-Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre.

West Kelowna Council applies for grant to upgrade rec centre

The renovation and expansion would be completed by 2024

The City of West Kelowna will be applying for new funding from federal and provincial governments to upgrade and expand the fitness and administration facilities at the Johnson-Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre.

Council unanimously voted to request the maximum funding contribution of 73.33 per cent of eligible costs for the project.

Both the federal and provincial government has committed $134.84 million under the Investing in Canada Program’s Community, Culture and Recreation Sub-stream for renovations and new projects.

If the city received the grant, $2.5 million will be covered and $912,420 will come from the City of West Kelowna or borrowing. In the report presented to council Jan. 8, staff cites that the best fit is the expansion and renovation of administration and dry-land programming wing of the centre. If accepted construction would need to be completed by the 2024 deadline attached to the grant.

Coun. Doug Findlater believes that instead of borrowing they should look at community fundraising to raise the $912,420.

“I do react negatively to the idea of short-term borrowing. I realize that is a problem but $900,000 is not an insurmountable amount for community fundraising. I think that is something to keep in the back of our minds.We have service clubs that have awesome fundraising capacity, corporate people that contributed to the original costs of the Johnson-Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre, maybe they could be approached to help with the refurbishment,” said Coun. Findlater.

The project is not currently in the 10-year capital plan and without funding the project will not proceed.

If accepted council would have to review the priorities already in place to adjust the timeline to push the refurbishment and renovation forward.

Chief administrative officer, Jim Zaffino and staff have committed to review the current projects on the 10-year plan to aid council in making an educated choice in what can be postponed.

The 30-year-old recreation centre, that opened in 1989, currently houses a 25-metre swimming pool, a fitness centre and program spacing.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@sydneyrmorton
sydney.morton@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Kelowna RCMP busting dangerous drivers

RCMP keeping watchful eye on roads now that roads are bare

Fire alarm forces evacuation of Kelowna coffee shop

No smoke was visible from the scene

Kelowna coffee maker responds to product recall

Cherry Hill Coffee recovers 90 per cent of voluntary recalled cold brew coffee

‘Quick Pitch’ challenge gives UBC Okanagan students shot to change the city

Teams can win cash after proposing changes to improve Kelowna

SNC-Lavalin maintaining WR Bennett Bridge amidst controversy in Ottawa

The engineering company designed and maintains the bridge between Kelowna and West Kelowna

Rain may be on its way for the Okanagan Valley

A mix of sun and cloud, with periods of rain in the forecast

Tips to keep your home safe during wildfire season

With wildfire season getting closer, the Penticton Fire Dept. offer tips to keep your home safe

Mayor seeks to reduce eyesore of fire damaged 7-Eleven

Business asked to improve appearance of Salmon Arm building’s exterior by our tourist season

Fundraiser for South Okanagan “supermom” who died suddenly

Friends described the 40-year-old Penticton woman as a supermom.

B.C. conservation officers talk bear awareness

How to stay safe this spring in bear country

Fierce feline spotted as ‘aggressor’ in face off with coyote in B.C. backyard

North Vancouver resident Norm Lee captures orange cat versus coyote in backyard showdown

Wilson-Raybould to reveal more details, documents on SNC-Lavalin affair

Former attorney general has written to the House of Commons justice committee

Anti-discrimination group wants to map offenders with cross-Canada hate atlas

Morgane Oger Foundation issues call for volunteers to help build Canadian Atlas of Populist Extremism

Kater to launch ridesharing service in Vancouver by end of month

The Surrey-based company got its permits from the Vancouver Taxi Association

Most Read