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‘We’re almost there’: Agassiz aquatic centre takes another step forward

Council approves letter of intent for construction
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Fundraising efforts for the future Lets’emot Regional Aquatic Centre are about to pay off as Kent Council has approved a letter of intent for construction. (Observer File Photo)

The future Lets’emot Regional Aquatic Centre has taken another step toward realization.

During their regular meeting on Monday (May 13), District of Kent Council voted to have staff issue a letter of intent to enter a CCDC2 contract with Vancouver-based Chandos Construction LP to build the LRAC. The estimated price tag lands at about $23.5 million; there is potential for the cost to lower as final negotiations are still being worked out as of Monday evening.

CCDC2 stands for “Canadian Construction Document Contract 2,” a standardized set of construction documents.

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The LRAC will replace the beloved Ferny Coombe Outdoor Pool, which has been in the community for nearly 50 years and has well passed its expected lifespan. The LRAC will span 27,000 square feet and is designed to feature an eight-lane lap pool, lazy river, leisure pool and other amenities.

“It’s with pleasure and excitement for our community that we’ve reached here,” said Coun. Stan Watchorn. “I want to thank staff in particular (director of financial service Mike Veenbaas and CAO Wallace Mah) for working with the architect and facilitating the architect to this point. I’m excited about it.”

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Watchorn noted other pool projects across the province are postponed for this year and further credited a capable district staff and council for continuing to drive the project forward.

“We’re almost there,” he added.

Fundraising for the LRAC has been a major undertaking across three levels of government and within the community. Much of the funding comes from a $9.5 million investment from the provincial government and about $450,000 from the federal government.

Based on the current timeline, officials expect the LRAC to be open by the end of next year.

The district has planned a public information session for May 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Recreation adn Cultural Centre (6660 Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz).

Donations are still accepted toward the LRAC’s construction. To donate, visit kentbc.ca/fill_the_pool.

In other council business:

- Council approved closing down Pioneer Avenue on July 1 to prepare for Canada Day. Mayor Sylvia Pranger was invited to give a welcome speech, and members of council were once again invited to hand out Canada Day-themed cupcakes at the big event.

The next regular District of Kent Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at Municipal Hall (7170 Cheam Avenue). Online attendance is also available via Microsoft Teams; those interested can register through kentbc.ca.



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