Community Wellness Centre
The Riverview Town Council believes that it is now time to look at options for addressing recreation and wellness facility needs in the community. In preparation, Council directed the Wellness Centre Committee to conduct a feasibility study considering options for a new indoor facility that would meet current and future recreation needs.
The Feasibility Study is complete and was presented to Council and the public at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on February 23, 2015. The reports presented for Council's consideration are listed below.
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Why was this process initiated?
Council appointed the Town of Riverview's Wellness Centre Committee in 2012 to assess the future recreation, social and wellness needs of the community and determine if new facilities are required.
As Riverview continues to grow so will the demands on our facilities, programs and services. There is a need to protect existing assets and plan for the future. The Wellness Centre Committee was tasked with answering: How do we continue to offer excellent wellness opportunities and how do we grow those opportunities?
The committee has highlighted the variety of existing opportunities for recreation, leisure and wellness in Riverview and noted the significant financial and personnel support of those initiatives by the Town.
The Wellness Centre Committee conducted extensive community consultations in 2013 including a citizen survey and a user group survey (e.g. minor sports, aquatics, skate, tennis, walking groups, etc). Trace Planning and Design was engaged to carry out four ward sessions and a user group feedback session as well as pull all the data together in a report.
To support their work, Town Council approved funds in the 2014 budget to hire consultants to complete a feasibility study for a new Wellness Centre for Riverview. After an RFP process WSP Canada Inc was hired by the Town of Riverview to execute that work.
WSP was tasked with examining the feasibility of a Wellness Centre today, the necessary components, the cost of building and operating it and funding options. An examination of the current facilities conditions was also part of this work.
The Committee is dedicated to moving the concept of a Community Wellness Centre forward in Riverview in a responsible manner with minimal tax increases.
What is the purpose of the Feasibility Study?
The purposes of the feasibility study were to determine whether a Community Wellness Centre should be built. A further intent of the study is to assess the Town's financial capacity. The Town retained WSP to undertake the feasibility study.
The feasibility study includes 17 needs assessment recommendations and concluded that a seven to 10 year planning and construction timeframe is appropriate based on three factors: the many steps to be completed before construction; the need with the community not being immediate; and the financial capacity of the Town. The study also confirmed that Riverview's main needs and wants, as identified in the report, are a third ice pad, a two-tank pool, a double gym and an indoor walking track.
The study outlines an implementation plan for accessing funding and beginning construction. Council may draw on these resources to inform future budget planning.