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Regina looks at developing downtown with new sports facilities – CBC.ca

Regina’s executive council is set to examine a trio of proposals that if they are eventually approved would shape the future of the city’s downtown core. 

Wednesday’s meeting will feature a feasibility study for an indoor aquatics facility that would replace the aging Lawson Aquatic Centre, an update on the future and possible replacement of the Brandt Centre and a request to fund a feasibility study for a multi-purpose outdoor facility geared toward high-performance baseball. 

The topics are not new to council or municipal political watchers but they are the first time the public is getting a more fulsome understanding of what these projects could look like. 

The reports in front of committee will be accepted and filed with future steps being recommended by city administration. 

Here is what you need to know. 

Aquatic centre

The feasibility study that will be in front of council on Wednesday looked at options meant to address the city’s 2019 Recreation Master Plan and its top priority of improving the city’s indoor aquatic facilities. 

They included a renovation and expansion of the existing Lawson Aquatic Centre and the construction of a new facility. 

The Lawson Aquatic Centre was built in 1975. Despite being well maintained and undergoing numerous renovations and remedial projects, the building will require a number of upgrades to extend its useful life. 

The Lawson Aquatic Centre is aging and will need significant intervention if it is to continue being used in the future, a report has found. (Brian Rodgers/CBC)

Bringing it up to the standards of a modern facility would “require a significant intervention,” the report notes. 

In order to extend the life of the Lawson for another 10 to 15 years the city would need to spend around $21 million. 

The report notes that the renovation and new facility options were generally similar in cost and as a result the report recommends the construction of a new facility as the path forward. 

While only in its initial stages the total project costs are estimated to be $173 million with the construction set to begin in 2024. 

The cost is subject to change and the report makes it clear that the construction of a new indoor aquatic facility will require the city to find multiple sources of funding. 

One of those options includes an attempt to use $128 million earmarked for the City of Regina in the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

While that funding was originally meant for transit infrastructure the city has now sought permission from the federal and provincial governments to use the cash to help fund the new aquatic centre. 

Replacing the Brandt Centre

Regina Exhibition Association Limited (REAL) is set to present an update on the potential replacement of the Brandt Centre, a multi-use arena which serves as the home of the Regina Pats, the Canadian Western Agribition and other events. 

Just like the Lawson, the Brandt Centre was built in the mid-to-late 1970s and is now aging. 

The report in front of executive committee says they have envisioned a mid-sized multi-purpose event centre as a replacement that would feature a maximum 10,000 seats configuration.

Five potential sites were assessed by the Arena Planning Strategy Committee (APSC), of which REAL is a member. 

Ultimately three potential sites were short-listed. However, details on those three sites are only contained in a confidential final report that …….

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/regina-executive-council-1.6510789

Regina’s executive council is set to examine a trio of proposals that if they are eventually approved would shape the future of the city’s downtown core. 

Wednesday’s meeting will feature a feasibility study for an indoor aquatics facility that would replace the aging Lawson Aquatic Centre, an update on the future and possible replacement of the Brandt Centre and a request to fund a feasibility study for a multi-purpose outdoor facility geared toward high-performance baseball. 

The topics are not new to council or municipal political watchers but they are the first time the public is getting a more fulsome understanding of what these projects could look like. 

The …….

Regina’s executive council is set to examine a trio of proposals that if they are eventually approved would shape the future of the city’s downtown core. 

Wednesday’s meeting will feature a feasibility study for an indoor aquatics facility that would replace the aging Lawson Aquatic Centre, an update on the future and possible replacement of the Brandt Centre and a request to fund a feasibility study for a multi-purpose outdoor facility geared toward high-performance baseball. 

The topics are not new to council or municipal political watchers but they are the first time the public is getting a more fulsome understanding of what these projects could look like. 

The …….

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