Input sought on Aldergrove pool

First opportunity will be Saturday, with the next one on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Plans to provide a new recreation centre and pool in Aldergrove are being considered and the Township wants residents to have their say.

A proposed new community centre is planned for the former Aldergrove Elementary School site on Fraser Highway. Two open houses will be held this month to collect input on two facility concept plans.

The first will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, fom 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, 26770 29 Ave.  This public input opportunity will be available before and after the Aldergrove Joint Town Hall meeting that will take place from 1 p.m. to  3 p.m. at the same location. The town hall meeting will feature chances to question Township Mayor Jack Froese, MP Mark Warawa and school board chair Wendy Johnson.

The second open house will take place Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Aldergrove Community Secondary School Library, 26850 29 Ave.

“The new Aldergrove community recreation centre is a significant investment that will provide the Township with leisure opportunities for generations to come,” said Councillor Bob Long, who chairs council’s Aldergrove Community Recreation Centre Standing Committee.

“It is important that decisions about this project are made with the public’s opinions in mind. I encourage everyone to take the time to provide input. We really want the community’s feedback.”

Residents can also have their say online.

From Nov. 15 to 30, the public can learn more about the proposed plans and make their choice via www.placespeak.comaldergrovecommunitycentre or simply link to it from the Township’s website www.tol.ca.

Option One would see the facility located at the north end of the site, near Fraser Highway, and connected to the existing heritage schoolhouse.  It would provide a modest leisure pool and a six-lane, 25m lap pool, both constructed indoors for year-round use, as well as fitness activity and multipurpose rooms, a single sheet ice arena, and lobby space with food services.

The Aldergrove Library would be relocated to the heritage schoolhouse. Option One is projected to cost $34.8 million to construct and about $1.5 million annually to operate.

Option Two would create a campus-style facility at the south end of the site, with a stand-alone Aldergrove Library in the renovated schoolhouse, fronting Fraser Highway. A modest indoor leisure pool would be available year-round, with a six-lane 25m outdoor lap pool located in a park-like setting built for seasonal use. Option Two includes a fitness activity room, additional multipurpose rooms, a single sheet ice arena, and lobby space with food services.

Option Two is projected to cost $33.4 million to build and approximately $1 million annually to operate.

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