New study on pool designs due this month

The new recreation complex planned for downtown Aldergrove will change the face of this community.

The new recreation complex planned for downtown Aldergrove will change the face of this community.

Langley Township council is still debating the details of the proposals, based on public and consultants’ input, but has made a commitment to begin the construction work on the $35 million project in early 2015.

The Township acquired the five acre site, the former Aldergrove Elementary School, this year and plans to retain the century-old “heritage school” building, which would be renovated for use as a new, larger community library.

The Township’s “option 3” plan would see construction of a new ice arena on the south side of the old school, along with a fitness centre that would offer the popular exercise and weight equipment as well as yoga and pilates programs and classes. The arena site would be excavated so that the ice surface was sunken, allowing level access to the 400-seat viewing area. This is also for aesthetic reasons, so that neighboring residents would not see a two-storey arena wall. There would also be meeting rooms in this area.

Plans call for a public swimming pool on the west side of the old school, and there would be three water features: a hot tub; a small leisure pool that would have warmer water preferred by youngsters and seniors as well as two 20-metre lap lanes; and a larger pool that would have somewhat cooler water. The exact configuration of the larger pool has not been decided yet, but would be a minimum of 25-metres length.

A consultant’s report on the costs and options for the main pool will be received by council by the end of April, and will provide details on various pool lengths, numbers of swimming lanes and a deep end for diving and competition use.

There would also be a main lobby-foyer that would provide public access to all of the facilities, and a 215-vehicle parking lot in the south-west corner of the lot.

Township council is not inclined to building the facility in phases as it would create logistical problems and increase costs, and is committed to having the first shovel in the ground by spring of 2015 so that it would be completed and open to the public by 2016.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Seven-year-old Aaliyah Rosa was found dead in an apartment in Langley in July. (Langley Advance Times files)
Child’s body cold, no pulse, off duty cop testifies in Langley murder trial

The seven-year-old girl’s mother faces a first-degree murder charge

Trinity Western University’s men’s hockey team will host the three-team Captains Cup, featuring the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the Spartans, starting November 12th (Courtesy TWU)
Captains Cup hockey series comes to Langley

Trinity Western University to host UBC and SFU at George Preston arena

LOSC members worked out at the Aldergrove outdoor pool on Saturday, Oct. 24 (LOSC/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Swim club ‘broken-hearted’ by Langley Township pool decision

Staff report said it will cost less to reopen WC Blair instead of Walnut Grove

Washington State Department of Agriculture workers, wearing protective suits and working vacuumed a nest of Asian giant hornets from a tree Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Nest of ‘murder hornets’ found near South Surrey

String of traps set up along border to capture Asian giant hornets

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for briefing on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020 (B.C. government)
B.C. records 217 more COVID-19 cases, mask use urged

Infection spike continues, 21 senior facilities affected

Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
L.A. Dodgers beat Rays 3-1 to win 1st World Series title since 1988

National League champs claim crown in six games

Pixabay photo
‘Horrific’ abuse of volunteers and staff by parents must stop, Chilliwack soccer club says

Parents have become abusive after being told COVID-19 rules, email says

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

People march during a climate strike in Montreal, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Judge rejects 15 youths’ climate change lawsuit against Canadian government

Justice Michael Manson has granted the government’s motion to strike the plaintiffs’ claim

A woman walks through check in at WestJet at Pearson International airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Strong support for pre-flight COVID testing ahead of upcoming WestJet trial: YVR

Airport is partnering with UBC, which is helping choose the method of pre-flight testing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID pandemic during a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau says pandemic ‘really sucks,’ and that Christmas gatherings are up in the air

The prime minister encouraged residents to continue to follow the advice of local health authorities

The Williams Lake Indian Band is stipulating no-go zones for mushroom picking in areas burned by last summer’s wildfires. 100 Mile Free Press photo
Who controls mushroom harvesting on Indigenous lands?

‘We don’t necessarily know where the mushrooms grow, how old the stands need to be, those types of things.’

Most Read