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New Aquatic Centre

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Here is a brief history of the project so far:

The City of Yellowknife is planning a new aquatic centre. Here is key information and below is a timeline of the project so far.

History

November 2016

  • City Council accepted a $12.9 million federal grant for the construction of a new aquatic centre, to be spent by end of 2022.

April 2018

June 2018

  • 425 households and 42 community organizations were surveyed to collect community feedback about the potential project.

September 2018

  • Two preliminary concepts were presented to the community for feedback:
    • A new Aquatic Centre with a 25 metre lap pool; or
    • A renovation/addition to Ruth Inch Memorial Pool, with a new 25 metre lap pool and expanded support spaces.

October 2018

  • The Pre-Design Plan is presented to Council, with a recommendation from the ACAC for a new aquatic centre with a 52 metre pool, based on public feedback.
  • The capital cost is estimated at $49.8 million.

February 2019

  • The City contracted Colliers Project Leaders as Project Manager for the Aquatic Centre project.

December 2019

  • The City retained Taylor Architecture Group to finalize the details of the Pre-Design Plan and, if approved, to complete bridging documents for a Design-Build process.

February 2020

  • City Council instructed Administration to develop 2 concepts for the new Aquatic Centre:
    • A new Aquatic Centre with a 25m lap pool; and
    • A new Aquatic Centre with a 52m lap pool.

September/October 2020

  • Public engagement sessions on a new aquatic centre took place from September 21 - 23, 2020.
  • An aquatic centre survey was available from September 21 until October 7, 2020, at engagement sessions and at City Hall. 

January 2021

  • City Council:
    • Adopted the Aquatic Centre Design Plan as prepared by Taylor Architect Group;
    • Directed Administration to proceed with the completion of the Design Build process that includes a 25m, 8 lane Aquatic Centre, and;
    • Confirmed that an amusement park style water slide be considered in the development of the Aquatic Centre.

July 2021

  •  The City of Yellowknife issued an invitational Request for Proposals (RFP) for the construction of a proposed Aquatic Centre.

September 2021

  • The City selected the design-build proposal of Clark Builders. Their proposal is costed at $67,735,329 excluding GST.

October 2021

  • City Administration presented to the Governance and Priorities Committee on whether to seek voter approval to borrow through a referendum Aquatic Centre. The presentation is available here

November 2021

  • The City is holding a referendum to determine if the City is allowed to borrow up to $10,001,000 to build the proposed Aquatic Centre.

2022

  • If a majority of eligible voters vote in favour of the City borrowing to fund a portion of the construction cost, the City will enter into an agreement with Clark Builders, and work on the proposed Aquatic Centre will begin in 2022.

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October 2021

City Administration presented to the Governance and Priorities Committee on whether to seek voter approval to borrow through a referendum Aquatic Centre. The presentation is available here

November 2021

A referendum to determine if the City can borrow up to $10,001,000 to finance the development of the Aquatic Centre took place on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, by mail-in ballot and voters supported the borrowing of funds.

Contacts

Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours effective following the Victoria Day Weekend
until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Manager - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
Municipal Enforcement (MED) - (867) 920-5630
After Hours (MED) - (867) 920-2737
After Hours (Public Works) - (867) 920-5699