Ravensong Aquatic Centre Expansion Project

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The RDN completed the final phase of developing a Recreation Services Master Plan for District 69 (Oceanside). It was approved by the RDN Board in May 2018, as a guiding document.

One of the key recommendations from the 2018 Master Plan is the exploration of expanding services/spaces provided at the Ravensong Aquatic Centre. Work on the concept and design planning project has already begun and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2020.

This project will include capital and operating cost estimates, a funding resource assessment, as well as a review of past expansion concept designs, parameters and priorities. The project will incorporate feedback from residents, user groups and elected officials.

Want to learn more or get involved?

  • Be sure to register, at the top right of the page and we will provide email updates including when the community engagement events are, as the project progresses.
  • Learn more about the expansion project by reading our background documents.
  • Check out the FAQ's that are updated often based on questions that we are asked.
  • Ask us a question using the Q&A tab below.
  • Complete a survey.
  • Attend an open house.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the project, ask your questions and share your input!

The RDN completed the final phase of developing a Recreation Services Master Plan for District 69 (Oceanside). It was approved by the RDN Board in May 2018, as a guiding document.

One of the key recommendations from the 2018 Master Plan is the exploration of expanding services/spaces provided at the Ravensong Aquatic Centre. Work on the concept and design planning project has already begun and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2020.

This project will include capital and operating cost estimates, a funding resource assessment, as well as a review of past expansion concept designs, parameters and priorities. The project will incorporate feedback from residents, user groups and elected officials.

Want to learn more or get involved?

  • Be sure to register, at the top right of the page and we will provide email updates including when the community engagement events are, as the project progresses.
  • Learn more about the expansion project by reading our background documents.
  • Check out the FAQ's that are updated often based on questions that we are asked.
  • Ask us a question using the Q&A tab below.
  • Complete a survey.
  • Attend an open house.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the project, ask your questions and share your input!

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    I did your survey but I am not able to attend the public hearings coming up later this month. But as a resident of Qualicum Beach I want to reiterate my opposition to RDN's plan to renovate the Ravensong Pool in Qualicum Beach. A new pool in Parksville next to the arena would be a far better idea. With the population growth in the area it makes far moŕe sense to build a second pool and worry about renovations to Ravensong Pool later on if necessary Check out the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre in Cochrane AB which is amazing. A smaller version of this pool beside the arena would be beneficial to all residents in the RDN. Thank you.

    joannemonahan asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to fill out the survey and following up with your prefrences for a pool location.

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    Do the expansion plans include increasing the accessibility of the Ravensong facilities? I currently use a wheelchair, and I find the current family changerooms and main pool access to be insufficient for individuals with mobility challenges. The changerooms need larger benches to facilitate clothing changes. While the main pool has a lift, it's extremely difficult to transfer onto it. The "water" wheelchairs should have removable arms, to allow for easier transfers from/to a wheelchair. I hope that your user groups include individuals that use wheelchairs (ie: paraplegics, quadrapalegics, etc). Thank you. Jason Nelson

    Jason N asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Improved accessibility is a key component of the design criteria for both wet and dry areas. Suggestions for improving existing accessibility are always welcome and will be taken into consideration for future equipment purchases or upgrades at the existing facility.

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    I am concerned about the period of time that the facility will be closed, and what the present patrons will do to maintain fitness, competitiveness, health and also for the employees. Would it not be better to move forward with a new pool in Parksville first, and then do the renovation and expansion in Qualicum Beach after the Parksville pool is up and running. Would help serve the communities better, and improve accessibility for all users and employees. I believe the RDN is also concerned with both communities, and both communities have enough users to warrant a pool (retirement community with large portion of population over 55 and presently the QB pool alone is not adequate to service the population.) Parksville Pool should be up and running before QB pool is under renovations. Thanks for your interest and attention. Joan Cleveland

    Joan Cleveland asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your question and interest in the project. 

    A major objective being factored into the current design options is the need to minimize closure to the existing facility for exactly the reasons you mention. 

    The feasibility study for a pool and multiplex facility in Parksville is a City of Parksville project and does not involve the RDN at this time. Should that project progress it is anticipated the discussions around it and expansion to Ravensong Aquatic Centre would occur. 

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    Just a quick note - the survey promotion card handed out at the Parksville Polar Bear swim identifies your web site as www.getinvolved.rdn.bc.ca. That server “cannot be found”. It should be www.getinvolved.rdn.ca.

    Nancy Fowler asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for letting us know. 

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    Do not understand why we are including the old plans. The Rec Com passed a motion in July 2018 after listening to input from all user groups that they could not ratify the master plan section on proposed expansion options 1&2 to the Ravensong Pool and a new adjacent stand alone pool was the only feasible option. The RDN directors agreed on sept 3/2018. Why are we disregarding these motions and ignoring user groups input.? Do not follow?

    Ann Mcvey asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for the question. Both the previous and current RDN Boards reviewed a number of recommendations on the best way to address the overcapacity at Ravensong Aquatic Centre. 

    The current direction approved by both the Oceanside Services Committee and the RDN Board is that a concept design and project plan be completed to expand Ravensong. Feedback now being collected from users groups and the pubic as well as what was heard during the creation of the Oceanside Recreation Services Master Plan is being used to create expansion design options. These will be available to view and comment on at the open houses scheduled for January 15 and 16.