Aldergrove Recreation Centre
...opening Spring 2018!


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Township of Langley residents will have a new recreation centre in Aldergrove!

This new facility will feature a two-level, 550-seat arena and events space, a fitness centre, walking surface, multi-purpose rooms, and an outdoor aquatic facility featuring a six-lane 35 metre pool, waterslides, a tidal pool, current channel, children's aqua structure, picnic areas, and a large playground. Plans for the Aldergrove Recreation Centre were announced by Mayor Jack Froese and members of Township of Langley Council during a special unveiling event held at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre on Wednesday, June 17, 2016. The new recreation complex and aquatic facility has been approved for construction on the old Aldergrove Elementary School site at 27032 Fraser Highway. It is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

The facility was unanimously approved by Township Council, after years of planning, research, consultation, and community input. Council and staff have worked extensively to plan and design a one of a kind facility, and it is great news for all residents that the facility will be accommodated within existing Township budget envelopes. The budget for construction of the project is aproximately $30 million.

Of the $30 million required to build the complex, $24.589 million will be funded by land sales, primarily from the sale of surplus Township properties in East Langley. A further $1.2 million will be funded by Township operations surpluses and the ramaining funds will come from contributions from other sources such as the Federal Government.

The Centre will provide leisure and recreation activities for people of all ages and interests, all year round. Although located in Aldergrove, the centre is designed to provide ALL Township residents with a unique experience and to complement the already extensive inventory of recreation and aquatic opportunities available in the Township.

Residents of all ages will come to Aldergrove to enjoy the diverse nature of this new facility, which will become a significant attraction for downtown Aldergrove. It will allow Aldergrove residents to ‘play local’, and will create a destination that will not only attract thousands of visitors to the community, but will be a step towards the revitalization of Aldergrove’s Downtown Core and enhancing economic development in the area.

The outdoor aquatic facility will replace the aging Aldergrove Outdoor Pool with a six-lane, 35-metre outdoor leisure pool that will be open year round and has the capacity to accommodate swim clubs. The extension of aproximately 15 metres from the original design was added at the request of many citizens to allow for a deep end and diving board.

The environmentally-friendly complex is planning to convert the energy produced from cooling the ice in the arena to heat the pool in the fall and winter, meaning people can swim laps, take lessons, and participate in aquafit all year round. The year-round features will also include two hot tubs and saunas. A large playground similar in scope and size to the one at Willoughby Community Park near the Langley Events Centre, and picnic and seating areas will also be open year round.

From May to September, the complex will help replace the missing Aldergrove Lake experience, featuring a tidal pool, a current channel that people can walk or float around, a water slide tower with body and tube slides, and a children's aqua structure. The seasonal outdoor features will also be opened between October and April for special events such as Halloween, Christmas holidays, Family Day, and Spring Break.

The Aldergrove Recreation Centre will also replace the Aldergrove Community Arena, which is facing significant capital expenditures in upcoming years. Staff and consultants have determined that it makes economic sense to replace the old Aldergrove Community Arena and enhance it with a new exciting arena and events space.

The new two-level community arena and events space will feature an ice surface and dry floor, a walking surface around the perimeter on the second level, and seating for approximately 550, which will enhance the experience of playing and watching sports and events in Aldergrove. The Aldergrove Kodiaks hockey team will have a dedicated team room and office, and change rooms and community sport offices for Aldergrove Minor Hockey and Aldergrove Figure Skating will also be provided.The new Aldergrove Recreation Centre will also feature a fitness centre and weight room, with a wood sprung floor room and multi-purpose room similar to those in Willoughby Community Centre and Willowbrook Recreation Centre.

The desire to build a new facility in Aldergrove has been discussed since 1991. After years of discussions with user groups and the public, Council has taken a direction for the project that will provide opportunities for enjoyment for as many people as possible. The scope and features found in this facility mean it will be used by people from throughout the community, and the region, for generations to come. The facility will be a great place to bring young and old alike, to play as a family, to enjoy sports and events, be healthy and active, or to just relax and have fun.

Site work on the new facility will begin this summer. As part of the project, the Township will also be completing community transportation upgrades prior to the facility’s opening, including the installation of a traffic signal at 270 Street and Fraser Highway, a pedestrian crosswalk at 270A Street and 29 Avenue, and road and sidewalk enhancements leading into the facility from Fraser Highway and 29 Avenue.

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