Ground-Breaking on Rec Complex to Start Spring 2017
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Construction of Community Rec Complex Begins Spring 2017

A variety of new recreation amenities will start opening in downtown Port Coquitlam as early as 2019.

Ground-breaking will begin in spring 2017 for the 205,000 square-foot Community Recreation Complex near Mary Hill Road and Wilson Avenue. Details such as the draft floor plan and amenities can be found below or at

Highlights include three sheets of ice, an indoor leisure pool, new fitness facilities, a new library, a spacious outdoor plaza, and underground parking that maximizes the site’s buildable space. 

Planned Amenities 

  • Accessible leisure pool with sloped entry and three 20m lanes 
  • Three ice sheets: one spectator, one participant and one multi-purpose 
  • Games room, lounge and kitchen with programming for youth and seniors 
  • A variety of multi-purpose rooms 
  • Terry Fox Library, integrated within the facility 
  • A café 
  • Child minding area 
  • Fitness centre  
  • Gymnasium 
  • Outdoor plaza with seating, sport courts, amphitheatre and spray park 
  • Sport medicine office 
  • Underground parkade 
The new pool will be similar in size to Hyde Creek Recreation Centre’s leisure pool and will focus on leisure and therapeutic activities.
Click the floor plan image for a larger version.
Click the floor plan image for a larger version.
Construction timing and impacts 
Construction will take place in stages between spring 2017 and summer 2021. The phased approach, which will see new areas being constructed while older sections are still in use, will ensure that services and programming currently offered on the site will continue to be available throughout the construction process. 

The proposed schedule is: 
  • Spring 2017: Ground improvements at the north end, demolition of part of Wilson Centre, relocation of public entrances 
  • Late spring 2017: Construction starts on two ice rinks and library 
  • Fall 2017: Construction starts on aquatic facility, fitness centre, all-ages spaces, kitchen and offices
  • Early 2019: Completion of first ice rink, demolition of Green Arena begins 
  • Early spring 2019: Construction starts on third ice rink 
  • Spring 2019: Completion of second rink and library  
  • Summer/early fall 2019: Completion of aquatic facility, fitness centre, all-ages spaces, kitchen and offices  
  • Late summer 2019: Construction starts on parkade, large multi-purpose room, gymnasium and child minding area 
  • Fall 2020: Parkade completed, construction starts on exterior works (e.g. plaza, sport courts)
  • Summer 2021: Project completed
City staff will work closely with users and rental groups to reduce the impact on programs as much as possible. In some cases, programs will be temporarily relocated to other sites or spaces, with ample notice provided to participants. 

The city has committed to keeping the public and users updated on the project’s progress and construction impacts (e.g. changes to hours or program locations, noise levels, parking) through information bulletins, website updates and other means. A stakeholder group has also been formed to provide feedback and engage with the community during the construction process. 

Parking on the site will be significantly reduced throughout the construction and will not be available to West Coast Express commuters, who will be encouraged to make alternate arrangements, take transit, walk or cycle to the station. There will be some limited parking on-site for recreation and library users, who may also be directed to alternate short-term parking in the downtown area. 

Financing and tax impact 
The impact on taxpayers is being phased in over several years. Taxpayers will pay a $25 parcel tax per property from 2017 to 2020, and property taxes will increase 0.5 per cent in 2017, one per cent in 2018 and one per cent in 2019 to pay for this project. This is in addition to tax increases of 1.28 per cent in 2015 and 0.5 per cent in 2016 that were directed towards the project. 

 For the average homeowner, the combined levy and tax increases related to the new complex will equate to approximately $110 in property taxes each year until 2020, and $85 per year afterwards (actual dollar amount will vary based on property value). The funds collected will initially help pay for the construction of the complex, and will then be used for a loan repayment and ongoing operational and maintenance costs. 

The project funding will come from: 
  • $17 million: sale of city-owned lands, including the former works public works yard, for the residential and commercial component of the project 
  • $12.5 million: federal infrastructure grant 
  • $41.2 million: various internal and reserve funds 
  • $52 million: borrowed over a 30-year term 
  • $7.3 million: Community Recreation Complex levies from 2015 to 2019 
  • $2 million: $25/property parcel tax from 2017 to 2020. 

More project information and images are posted at

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