The future Regional Aquatic Centre is planned to be attached to the CRCC in Agassiz. The 27,000-square-foot facility will replace the Ferny Coombe Pool and feature a six-lane lap pool, lazy river, sauna and more. (Graphics/District of Kent)

The future Regional Aquatic Centre is planned to be attached to the CRCC in Agassiz. The 27,000-square-foot facility will replace the Ferny Coombe Pool and feature a six-lane lap pool, lazy river, sauna and more. (Graphics/District of Kent)

Party in the Park on deck for Saturday

Proceeds to help fund new Regional Aquatic Centre

It’s a “pool party” like Agassiz-Harrison has seldom seen.

The “Let’s Fill the Pool” Party in the Park is right around the corner, starting this Saturday, May 14, from 3 p.m. to midnight in Centennial Park in Agassiz. Proceeds from this event go toward the construction of the future Regional Aquatic Centre.

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the fun will feature pony rides, face painting, a climbing wall, field games and more. The Spray Park will be open for the afternoon.

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AT 6:30 p.m., the as-seen-at-the-PNE SuperDogs perform, followed by live entertainment from Jessica Mai and Ryan McAllister and Band. The night’s organized festivities close out with a 9 p.m. showing of “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

All-day admission is $15 for children, $20 for youth, $80 for families, $25 for adults and $35 for adults plus VIP lounge for those aged 19 and older. To get your tickets, call the Community Recreation and Cultural Centre at 604-796-8891.

The Regional Aquatic Centre is a project more than 10 years in the making. With funding from multiple levels of government covering a significant portion of the cost, the District of Kent’s focus now is to raise the remainder of the funds.

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The aquatic centre will replace the Ferny Coombe Pool, which has been a fixture on the local recreation scene since 1978. The current pool structure is past its original life expectancy, and the district says any significant damage would put the pool beyond repair.

The Regional Aquatic Centre is to be about 27,000 square feet with a six-lane lap pool, leisure pool, hot tub, common area and lazy river.

The total cost for the project is just over $16.1 million. About $9.5 million of that will come from the province, with $3.6 million coming from municipal, First Nations and other funding sources and about $44,000 form the federal government, totalling $13.5 million in recently-announced funding. Two years ago, the District promised to put aside $4 million for the facility.


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