The following information was gathered through the public engagement process and shows the design options as we moved through the process.
Consultation and Engagement included:
- Pop-up engagements
- 6 Focus group workshops with 86 participants
- Representing over 20 user groups
- Online surveys
- Open House
- An interactive workshop with Council and our community partner elected officials
- Direct mail survey conducted in March 2020.
Controlled Direct Mail Survey
A Resident Survey was mailed out directly to residents on March 1, 2020, and was completed by March 30th. This survey was conducted to gather additional resident feedback on the needs for the identified recreation amenities, siting, and overall support for the project in terms of tax implications.
- Responses were received from total of 530 households.
- The proportion of responses received generally align with the population distribution in the service area with some variance in the electoral areas.
- The Margin of error is +/-4.3%
- If the survey was conducted again using the exact same parameters it is estimated that the results would be within +/-4.3% 19 times out of 20)
The Survey Questions were designed to help answer the Feasibility Studies main questions:
- What amenities should be included – both aquatic and dry facilities?
- Should the facility be built on one site or on two or more?
- How much would you be willing to pay through taxes?
Engagement Outcomes: Post-Survey Assessment
The Design Team reviewed the Short-list design options prepared in late 2019 against the Assessment Criteria.
Option 1 was a single facility that met all the determined needs and desires of different residents and user groups on a single site but was too costly to build.
Option 2 provided new indoor recreation spaces in a new facility but kept the Existing Vernon Aquatic facility operational with major renovation work. This was determined to be too costly to operate on an ongoing basis.
Option 3 met all the aquatics needs with an expanded Vernon Aquatic Centre as well as a second Dry Sports facility adjacent to Kal Tire Place. This option did not meet the communities desire to keep the new amenities on one location and created parking problems at the Recreation Complex.
The Design Team concluded that the preferred option a hybrid of the first two options: Option 1 design in a way that would allow for Phased Construction Delivery.