In­put sought for Aquaplex de­sign

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Diane Thomas The Drumheller Mail

Res­i­dents now have a chance to in­di­cate their pref­er­ence for up­grades to the Drumheller Aquaplex.

This comes af­ter an ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with users on what they would like to see in a fa­cil­ity upgrade.

Stan­tec Con­sult­ing, a com­pany hired to pro­vide en­gi­neer­ing, con­sult­ing, and de­sign ser­vices for the mod­ern­iza­tion of the Aquaplex, gen­er­ated the data from the pub­lic sur­vey that took place over a two week pe­riod in De­cem­ber.

On Fe­bru­ary 9, the Town placed ren­di­tions of four pro­posed de­signs at the Aquaplex for res­i­dents to se­lect their pref­er­ences. Ad­di­tion­ally, there is an on­line sur­vey at www.di­nosaur­val­ley.com al­low­ing res­i­dents to pro­vide feed­back.

Some of the im­prove­ments the pub­lic have in­di­cated they would like to see in the Aquaplex are change room up­dates and for the fa­cil­ity to be more 'kid' friendly. Some of the new fa­cil­i­ties or ser­vices that you or your fam­ily would like to see in the fu­ture Aquaplex were a grad­ual en­try, a kids/ tod­dler pool and a wa­ter park style fa­cil­ity.

Com­mu­nity re­sponse on the ques­tion re­gard­ing what was liked about the fa­cil­ity were the wa­ter­slide, hot tub, staff/ client re­la­tion­ships and hav­ing both in­door and out­door pools. How­ever, when asked what was NOT liked about the fa­cil­ity, the high­est re­sponse was that the fa­cil­ity was old, dated and needed up­grad­ing, fol­lowed by no tod­dler pool, no shal­low grad­ual en­try as well as the wa­ter slide re­stric­tions and rules.

The re­sponses for 'what ad­di­tional pro­grams would you

like to see in the fu­ture?', the top four were Zumba classes with more time slots, wa­ter polo, syn­chro­nized swim­ming club and scuba div­ing lessons.

When asked, 'what do you think about the ex­ist­ing pro­grams of­fered?', the re­sponses ranged from, not very good to it’s great to have so many pro­grams avail­able for ev­ery age group.

Based on the re­sults, Stan­tec Con­sult­ing came up with some de­sign ideas based on their as­sess­ment of the fa­cil­ity as well as the in­put gen­er­ated from the sur­veys.

Town of Drumheller Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Paul Salvatore, spoke with The Mail about the Aquaplex mod­ern­iza­tion. “At the Aquaplex, in the spec­ta­tor area, there were copies of the draw­ings and op­tions that were pro­vided to us from Stan­tec Con­sult­ing. The draw­ings show the ways the pool could be laid out and un­til Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 16, there was a sur­vey for the pub­lic to com­ment Above is one of four de­signs pro­posed by Stan­tec for the ren­o­va­tions to the Drumheller Aquaplex. Res­i­dents can view and se­lect their pref­er­ence at the Drumheller Aquaplex or par­tic­i­pate in an on­line sur­vey at www.di­nosaur­val­ley.com on, at the Aquaplex. From there, we’ll take that in­for­ma­tion, re­view it and re­port back to Town Coun­cil where things should go. A big part of that re­port will be how it fits in to the 2016 cap­i­tal bud­get. We would love to start soon, but this is just the pre­lim­i­nary stage and there are too many vari­ables to put out a hard date. We are look­ing at a num­ber of dif­fer- ent sce­nar­ios based on cost and avail­abil­ity of con­trac­tors.”

The Mail asked if the in­door pool would be closed dur­ing the sum­mer for con­struc­tion and Salvatore replied, “The ma­jor­ity of us­age dur­ing the sum­mer is at the out­door pool. We are very lucky and are one of the few com­mu­ni­ties to have both an in­door and out­door pool.”

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