Riverside Park Improvements

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Riverside Park is one of the City's most well loved and busiest green spaces. Over the next few years, residents and visitors will notice improvements in different areas of the park to make it safer, more accessible, and potentially offer more year-round activities.

The City needs to replace the aging water park, which it has budgeted for as part of the its Asset Management Program. The City has also been pursuing a community and recreation focused grant that would transform the aging spray park into a new water park and winter-time ice surface to provide recreational enjoyment year-round. Additionally, flood

Riverside Park is one of the City's most well loved and busiest green spaces. Over the next few years, residents and visitors will notice improvements in different areas of the park to make it safer, more accessible, and potentially offer more year-round activities.

The City needs to replace the aging water park, which it has budgeted for as part of the its Asset Management Program. The City has also been pursuing a community and recreation focused grant that would transform the aging spray park into a new water park and winter-time ice surface to provide recreational enjoyment year-round. Additionally, flood protection and erosion protection work is planned along the riverbank that would also incorporate improvements to pathways in the area.

Project Features

The multi-purpose ice surface/spray park project would be constructed in the same place as the current water park, which would be replaced entirely with the following:

  • new spray park including features and equipment that could be swapped out in the winter for an outdoor ice surface
  • benches and a potential warming area
  • renovated accessible washroom facilities in a building that would also include an ice plant and storage for an ice resurfacing machine and other equipment.
  • signage recognizing cultural and historical significance of the area

The City, in consultation with community stakeholders and citizens, is also considering implementing sustainable project components including:

  • cold water resurfacing technology
  • heat recovery system from the ice plant to be used for things like snow removal on pathways and space heating
  • an electric ice-resurfacing vehicle (Zamboni)
  • LED lighting for the rink and washrooms
  • future electrical infrastructure to accommodate low-carbon electrification opportunities such as EV chargers and e-mobility chargers

Community, Culture and Recreation Grant

The City is seeking a grant through BC’s Community, Culture and Recreation Program to cover approximately three quarters of the estimated cost for construction of this new infrastructure and lighting and pathway improvements. The results of the grant application should be received in 2021 and, if successful, construction would start 2022. The City had applied to the same grant program in 2018 for a similar project in the park, but was unsuccessful. This new grant intake has provided an opportunity for staff to refine the project concept and resubmit an application. The project team is also working closely with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc to protect archaeological and cultural resources.

Riverside Park was chosen as the location for the project based on the need to replace aging spray park infrastructure over the next one to five years. This opportunity, combined with community support and evidence from the City's Recreation Master Plan, which indicates ice surface utilization at 100% during prime ice time, makes this multi-season infrastructure a desirable destination for residents and visitors in winter and summer.

If the City is unsuccessful in receiving grant funding, the spray park infrastructure update will still move ahead as part of the City's five year capital plan. However, the outdoor rink component would not be part of the project.

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    What do the Riverside Park improvements involve?

    hummingbird1 asked 28 days ago

    City staff have proposed combining a new outdoor skating rink and water park into one facility. The existing spray park is almost 30 years old, and staff estimate it will need to be replaced within the next one to five years. The existing washroom and storage building would be repurposed to include the following:

    •    new washrooms and change rooms

    •    storage

    •    ice plant and operating equipment

    •    storage area for ice resurfacing equipment 

    The project would also include new LED lighting and improvements to area walkways.