Active Living Centre Referendum

Active Living Centre project objective:

‘To find an indoor facility mix that meets the current and future needs of a growing community and has the opportunity to attract new residents and visitors to the Greater Vernon area.

Based on community input, the Active Living Centre Feasibility Study has outlined a Preferred Design Option that includes:

  • Aquatic Centre (50m lap Pool and Leisure Play Pool)
  • Gymnasium(s)
  • Dedicated Program Spaces 
  • Fitness Space
  • Indoor Walking / Running Track

Council, at their Regular meeting held on Monday, June 14, 2021, passed the following resolution:

‘THAT Council receive the memorandum titled “Active Living Centre - Planning Update” dated June 4, 2021, respectfully submitted by the Director, Recreation Services;

 AND FURTHER, that Council directs Administration to continue the planning process for the multi-purpose Active Living Centre, as a City of Vernon facility at this time, continuing to draw funding as required from City of Vernon sources in order to prepare for a potential communication campaign and assent voting in conjunction with the municipal election on October 15, 2022;

AND FURTHER, that Council, through the Mayor, request that our Community Partners, the District of Coldstream and Electoral Areas B & C reconsider their involvement in the proposed Active Living Centre project.’


In consideration for proceeding to a referendum for the development of a new Active Living Centre,  the preferred amenities design was calculated for costs to build and operate.

Preferred Design Option and Costing Report

Additional Considerations for Next Steps

  • Communications Strategy for Referendum
  • Finalizing the facility placement within the Kin Park site
  • Explore possible funding and operating models
  • Selection of project delivery strategy/procurement type (Traditional Design-Bid-Build, Construction Management, Design Build, etc.)

Potential Timeline (towards delivery of a new Active Living Centre)

2022                            Potential Referendum Communications 
October 15, 2022      Potential Referendum
Winter 2023               Potential Project RFP Process
Spring 2023               Potential Award & Design Development and Contract Document Preparation
Spring 2024               Potential Tender
Summer 2024           Potential Award & Construction
Fall 2026                    Potential Occupancy

Feasibility Study

FaulknerBrowns Architects worked with the Feasibility Study Committee to develop a preferred design option that considers:

  • Amenities aligned with the facility priority recommendations identified in the Greater Vernon Recreation Master Plan.
  • Synergies of use and Community Support for one location vs two
  • What We Heard from the Community through public engagement

What We Heard Report

Frequently Asked Questions