The consultant will conduct a review of existing facilities, undertake public consultations and consultations with our partner communities, suggest a possible site, look at the cost to build a new facility, the annual operating costs and an operating model should the decision to build a facility go ahead.
The study will be completed before the end of the year and allow the next council to move forward with any funding applications in time for the next round of federal and provincial infrastructure funding early in 2018 should they decide to do so.
There is a strong demand for a new aquatics facility in the region. The provincial government has stated that they support a new facility for Corner Brook and region and will provide funding for the facility should the next council move ahead.
As I have stated many times, I believe that the city does need a new facility that will meet the needs of our athletes, seniors and families. A new aquatics centre, if done correctly, will also provide opportunities to host major swim meets and help stimulate the local economy.
This study is valued at $107 000 and is being undertaken with the participation, support of the provincial government (70%) with remainder being funded on a per capita basis by the City of Corner Brook and the towns of Massey Drive, Mr. Moriah and Steady Brook as well as the Humber Community YMCA and the Corner Brook Rapids swim club.