While Kamloops council gave the green light on Tuesday to $9 million worth of repairs and energy-efficient upgrades for the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, a series of potential upgrades to that building and the Tournament Capital Centre — a new dive tank, a covered dome, an expanded fitness centre and enclosing breezeway — remain in the planning stage.
Media were previously taken on a tour of the facility, with staff pitching a series of improvements that could be done at the same time as work to the pool facility.
City community and protective services director Byron McCorkell said the ideas remain in the high-level conceptual stage, noting the city continues to collect feedback from residents online.
“We still have lots of discussion to do with what is the ultimate project going to be,” McCorkell said. “We don’t plan to start now, ultimately until 2020.”
McCorkell said the grant application for the pool repairs needed to be submitted in March.
“If you’re going to peel everything off of the building down to the studs as it were, do you then not take the opportunity to say, ‘OK, if we’re going to expand, now’s the time to expand’?” he said. “That doesn’t mean you have to, it just means you’ve got everything ripped off. Now is the time.”
McCorkell expects more information by mid-summer.
Read more about the city’s plans and ideas and provide feedback online here.