Fountain Park Recreation Centre Major Lifecycle Work

The Project

Fountain Park Recreation Centre (FPRC) will be undergoing major lifecycle upgrades, including an extended shutdown of the entire facility, from May 16 to mid- to late-September 2022. 

The facility, which was built in 1978 and will be 44 years old in 2022, requires major necessary lifecycle repairs and replacement work to address building operating systems which have reached the end of their lifespan. 

The City recognizes another temporary closure of a recreational facility can be disheartening to residents and patrons and appreciates their ongoing patience as we undertake vital lifecycle work to preserve the facility. Programming normally offered at FPRC will be accommodated in a reduced capacity at other recreational facilities.

Work that is Required:

Work that will be completed over the 16 weeks includes: 

  • The majority of work is replacing the facility’s primary Air Handling System, which has a lifespan of 40 years. 
  • Updating equipment and infrastructure, including new energy-efficient systems that will provide energy savings, reduce future operating costs and extend the life of the facility. This includes heat recovery, water savings, heat savings and exterior window glazing.
  • Painting the pool area ceiling, repairing the interior structure, upgrading the building envelope and upgrading the fire alarm and security systems.

An engineering assessment on FPRC occurred in 2019, evaluating the facility’s structural integrity and mechanical, electrical, and cosmetic components. The report concluded that the structural integrity of the building was sound, and identified the mechanical, HVAC, and electrical systems that required replacement. The investment into the refurbishment will inject renewed life into the facility and extend its lifespan for another 20 years; at a cost that is a fraction compared to a decommission and new facility build.  

Phase Two of this work is scheduled to take place in 2024, which will involve a second extended closure. Planning is still underway and more details will be provided at a future date. The work was broken into two phases to enable seasonal accommodation at other recreational facilities, which would not be possible with a single extended closure.
 

Project Timeline

May 16 to mid- to late-September 2022

Project FAQ

How does this impact users?

During the facility closure the City’s other aquatics facilities will be available, including Landrex Water Play Centre located within Servus Credit Union Place and Grosvenor Outdoor Pool. Details on public/lane swim, bookings, registered aquatic programs and memberships are outlined below: 

  • Lane and public swimming:
    • The City of St. Albert will be implementing a lane and public swimming reservation system at the Landrex Water Play Centre in Servus Place and Grosvenor Outdoor pool for the duration of the closure.
    • Patrons will be able to reserve their visits up to 7 days in advance and we encourage users to reserve a maximum of two bookings to allow others the chance to enjoy the pools.
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  • Registered Aquatics Programs:
    • Summer sessions will take place at Landrex Water Play Centre or Grosvenor Outdoor Pool. Registration timing:
      • May 4 public able to view program information online
      • May 11 early registration for Servus Place Annual members and St. Albert residents
      • May 18 general registration
    • Fall sessions will resume at Fountain Park Recreation Centre at the beginning of October.
  • Bookings are unavailable from May 15 to end of September, 2022.

What happens to monthly and annual memberships?

Fountain Park Recreation Centre monthly and annual members have two options as outlined below during the extended closure: 

  • Option A – Access to other facilities
    • Access Servus Credit Union Place and Grosvenor Outdoor Pool during the shutdown, just by scanning their FPRC member card at those locations. New FPRC memberships cannot be purchased during the closure.
    • Important Note: This access will be automatically updated on their member card unless they choose Option B.
  • Option B - FPRC membership adjustments: 
    • Annual members that paid a lump sum for the year: Time will be extended to the current annual term, relative to the length of the facility closure period.  
    • If a current annual membership expires during the closure period, the membership will be cancelled effective (closure date) and a credit will be applied to the member account for the unused time, for future use.  
    • Monthly memberships will be cancelled, and a prorated credit will be applied to the member account for future use.

Important Note: Members are to connect with Fountain Park Recreation Centre Guest Services by May 1 if they would like to choose Option B.
Fountain Park 10 visit passes will be extended, or they can be used at Grosvenor Outdoor Pool during the closure period. These passes will not be redeemable at Servus Place during this closure.

All Access All Summer Pass will not be available for 2022.

Why didn't this happen during the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown?

It was not possible to undertake this work during the recent unscheduled mandatory closures.  

The preparation for major infrastructure work takes years to plan, including an approved budget and up to eight months for equipment and materials to arrive. 

An engineering assessment on FPRC occurred in 2019, evaluating the facility’s structural integrity, mechanical, electrical, and cosmetic components. The report concluded that the structural integrity of the building was sound, and identified the mechanical, HVAC, and electrical systems that required replacement. The investment into the refurbishment will inject renewed life into the facility and extend its lifespan for another 20 years; at a cost that is a fraction compared to a decommission and new facility build.   

The planning for this project started two years ago and the annual budget approval for this project came in late 2021.   

The seasonal timing of the closure considers factors like reduced traffic volume, the ideal weather for construction, and the ability to redirect users to alternative aquatics facilities.  

We understand another closure to a recreation facility can be disheartening and appreciate patrons’ patience as we manage facility closures.   

What are the impacts if this work isn’t done?

The work is imperative to ongoing facility operations as the primary Air Handling System has a lifespan of 40 years and is due for replacement. 

How much will this cost? How is it funded or budgeted for?

The cost of the lifecycle repairs is approximately $6,000,000 with funding from the Public Works Charter PW_031, which is funded from Lifecycle reserves. Possible federal grant programs could help offset costs but that has yet to be confirmed. 

Budget planning related to Phase Two is still underway and more details will be provided at a future date.

Will Landrex Water Play Centre have its annual shutdown in the summer of 2022?

The Landrex Water Play Centre located within Servus Credit Union Place will not be undergoing a shutdown in 2022.

The timing of the project was planned to ensure when one aquatic facility is closed for construction other aquatic facilities would be available. For example, in 2021 Landrex Aquatic Play Centre was closed for major construction, Fountain Park and Grosvenor Outdoor Pool were available. 

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Last edited: April 27, 2022