Expanded North Delta recreation centre to open in February

The grand opening of the expanded rec centre is set for February, $4.7 million above its original budget.

The renovated North Delta recreation centre is set to open early next year.

DELTA — The grand opening of North Delta’s expanded recreation centre is set for February, one year later than expected and $4.7 million above its original budget.

Delta council decided in February 2013 to approve a five-year financial plan to expand the recreation centre, at 11415 84th Ave., which had been built in the 1970s.

Delta’s Chief Administration Officer George Harvie said at the time that the intention was to keep up with the needs of a growing population and bring North Delta’s opportunities in terms of sports, recreation and cultural needs “up to a level comparable to South Delta.”

The expansion project was originally expected to cost $10.5 million and be completed by early 2015.

Construction began on July 7, 2014. Harvie indicated in a report to council on August 14, 2014 that the expansion, now 28,000 square feet, had a new budget of $13.5 million, “inclusive of GST.”

On Oct. 26, 2015 Harvie authored another report to council indicating the “Grand Opening” of the  recreation centre will be in February, “and will be delivered within the $15.2 million budget.”

Delta Mayor Lois Jackson said the additional costs involved some structural changes, a parking lot, security cameras, more sidewalks, trees and other landscaping.

“I think it’s going to be lovely,” Jackson said.

The project now features a 6,000-square-foot fitness centre, a gymnasium, municipal business centre, meeting and social gathering spaces, and will also feature space for North Delta Potters, the Watershed Gallery and a large change room to serve the outdoor pool, gymnasium and fitness centre.

Jackson said some trades work took longer to complete than expected, lending to the delay of completion.

She likened the project to doing renovations on one’s own home. As one gets underway, Jackson remarked, you then realize, “I gotta do this, and this also.”

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

Just Posted

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants earn a 3-1 victory over Everett in season-opener in Langley

Langley’s major junior hockey team opened the season at home with a victory over the Silvertips.

White Rock rail forum leads to renewed calls for relocation

Upgrading safety is not enough say local politicians

McCallum says Surrey LRT communication plan close to election is ‘perceived interference’

McCallum ‘gravely concerned’ Surrey and TransLink will violate election financing rules, but city says all rules will be followed

White Rock’s Johnston Road to re-open on schedule: city

One lane in each direction expected to open by Friday at 7 p.m.

VIDEO: Neighbours fear impact of B.C. tent city residents

Greater Victoria residents opposed to campers voice concerns at provincial campground

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

Environment Canada says cars and homes have been damaged by severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts

B.C. premier apologizes for removal of 1950s totem pole at Canada-U.S. border

First Nations say pole was raised at Peace Arch but removed to make way for tourism centre

An unexpected sight: Bear spotted eating another bear in central B.C.

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief finds bear eating another bear’s carcass

Free vet clinic caters to pets of homeless, low income people

The first such clinic in Langley will take place later this month.

RCMP confirm death of missing BC teen Jessica Patrick

No details on cause were given. Case is under criminal investigation and police are asking for tips.

Extradition hearing set for Lower Mainland developer accused of fraud

Mark Chandler will go before the B.C. Court of Appeals early next year.

CUTENESS OVERLOAD: 2 sea otters hold hands at the Vancouver Aquarium

Holding hands is a common – and adorable – way for otters to stay safe in the water

B.C. teen with autism a talented guitarist

Farley Mifsud is gaining fans with every performance

Most Read