City prepares for Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovations

Guelph, Ont., November 20, 2015 – On Tuesday, December 1, the Public Services Committee will be presented with a staff report about next year’s renovation of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre (VRRC).

The VRRC, which opened in 1975, is being renovated to improve accessibility, security, customer service, and to offer additional programming. Currently, the facility includes a 50-metre pool, smaller teaching pool, one indoor ice pad, fitness room, and multi-purpose rooms.

During the committee presentation, staff will provide an update on renovation plans for the aging recreation facility, including design details, construction timeline, and temporary relocation plans for patrons, stakeholders and employees.

“The Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation project is more than a makeover. It is a necessary investment that will move the facility from an aging and outdated recreation centre to an updated, more inclusive and accessible community centre. Overall, this project will improve the experience for patrons and employees,” says Kristene Scott, general manager of Parks and Recreation.

The Council-approved budget for the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation project is $12.5 million. Construction is expected to begin next spring and the facility will close for approximately 12 to 15 months.

Project highlights

Pool level

  • New entrance with multi-purpose rooms, offices, customer service counter, accessible washrooms, and improved pool viewing area
  • New heating and filtration system, accessible teaching pool, upgrades to existing 50-metre pool, new change rooms and aquatic office

Arena level

  • Renovation of the existing entrance and lobby, new elevator and change room upgrades
  • New arena lighting and heating
  • Energy efficiency improvements

Upper level

  • Upgraded multi-purpose rooms, warm arena viewing area, and additional barrier free viewing space
  • New facility storage, custodial space upgrades, and office space

Parking lot

  • Redesigned parking lot to include a drop off at the arena and pool entrances
  • New driveway from the arena level of the parking lot to the lower parking lot
  • Additional barrier free parking spaces near the main entrance
  • Improved lighting and landscaping

Programs and employee relocation

During the renovation period, aquatic programming will be relocated to the West End Community Centre, Centennial Pool, and Lyon Pool. The City plans to open Lyon Pool earlier than it normally does to accommodate public swims and lessons, typically offered at the Victor Davis Pool. To maintain service levels, additional swim and leadership programs will also be added to other facilities.

Ice pad users and adult hockey leagues will have partial access to the facility for evening and weekend practices only starting in late October 2016. Day time, public access, games, and tournaments will take place at other arenas.

Floor rentals, including lacrosse, ball hockey, and roller hockey will be relocated to other facilities throughout the city.

Full-time employees will be relocated to various facilities across the city. Where there is increased programming, part-time employees may also be relocated to other facilities.

For more information

Kristene Scott
General Manager
Parks and Recreation
519-822-1260 extension 2007
kristene.scott@guelph.ca

Mario Petricevic
General Manager
Facilities Management
519-822-1260 extension 2668
mario.petricevic@guelph.ca