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COMMUNITY RECREATION & CULTURAL CENTRE (CRCC)

THE OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING OF THE COMMUNITY RECREATION & CULTURAL CENTRE

Photo: MP Mark Strahl, MLA, Laurie Thorness and Mayor John Van Laerhoven

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THE NEW COMMUNITY RECREATION & CULTURAL CENTRE CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Gym Construction as of March 21, 2014


Gym Construction as of February 21, 2014

FINAL DESIGN CONCEPT AND EXTERIOR COLOUR SCHEME FOR THE EXPANDED CRCC

DONATION FROM THE AGASSIZ FIRE DEPARTMENT - November 25, 2013
The Agassiz Fire Department donated $2000 towards the new Community Recreation & Cultural Centre.

Photo: Chief Wayne Dyer (left) and Mayor John Van Laerhoven (right)

THE NEW COMMUNITY RECREATION & CULTURAL CENTRE CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
- structural fill has been placed on the building footprint;
- site servicing is underway;
- foundations are underway and will continue through December 2013; and
- the pre-engineered building structure is scheduled to be erected in January and the target for completion is March 2014 for the multi-purpose rooms and June 2014 for the gym.

District Works Crews installing new water line - December 5, 2013

CRCC Construction - November 22, 2013

Ground Breaking - October 2, 2013 (left), Shed Demolish - October 4, 2013 (right)


DISTRICT OF KENT NEWS RELEASE - CRCC GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY, September 4, 2013
The District of Kent receives $1,000,300 in Federal and Provincial funding for the CRCC expansion
[$750,000 in Provincial Funding - March 2012 and $250,300 in Federal Funding - April 2013]
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Help Support our New
Community Recreation & Cultural Centre!

The District of Kent is launching a fundraising and sponsorship campaign to expand the Fitness / Activity Centre in Agassiz. The new facility will appeal to those individuals who live, work and play in our area, as well as tourists, artists, sport and cultural enthusiasts, and recreational participants. With your help, our goal is to raise approximately $400,000 through corporate and community sponsorships. All money raised through this campaign will go towards developing this new facility. Thank you for your consideration!


 


Q&A (Posted Feb 2013)    

Q How is the expansion going to be funded, and how much will it cost me?

A To date, the District has received $750,000 in funding from the Provincial Government (Community Recreation Fund), and we are anticipating additional grant funding through other government agencies, corporate companies, fundraising initiatives and sponsorships.

Based on a maximum facility expansion budget of $2.5 million and estimated borrowing the District is providing the following scenarios:

Borrowing Amount

Term

Annual Debt Servicing

Annual Cost per Single-Family Residence

Annual Cost per Farm*

1.55 Million

15 YRS.

132,500

$34

$41

1.55 Million

20 YRS

110,000

$28

$34

1.3 Million

15 YRS.

111,200

$28

$34

1.3 Million

20 YRS.

92,450

$23

$29

1.1 Million

15 YRS.

94,000

$24

$29

1.1 Million

20 YRS

78,000

$20

$24

*farm property includes outbuildings and residence

Debt servicing costs are estimates and will fluctuate based on borrowing terms and the amount of money raised through fundraising, sponsorship and additional granting.

 

Q Why doesn’t the District just use the existing facilities at the Agricultural Hall or Pavilion instead of expanding the Fitness / Activity Centre?

A The District currently books a number of programs that are suitable to be offered at the Agriculture Hall and Pavilion, such as its walking classes, children’s activities and community special events. However, the Agricultural Hall was designed to host community events, such as wedding and social gatherings; and the Pavilion was designed to host agriculture events, such as 4-H and exhibitions. The Agriculture facilitates were not designed to support sports or more active recreation programs sports (i.e. basketball, volleyball, badminton, indoor soccer, etc.).
The District of Kent supports the Agriculture Hall and Pavilion. The expansion of the Community Recreation & Cultural Centre at the existing Fitness / Activity Centre is to better serve the community in providing and enhancing additional opportunities for sports, active recreation and cultural activities.

 

Q Is it true that the Community Recreation & Cultural Centre expansion is going to impact the Riding Ring?

A No, the Community Recreation & Cultural Centre will not impact the riding ring. Riders will still be able to access the community facility before, during and after construction.


Q How can I contribute to the Community Recreation & Cultural Centre expansion?

A To make a donation - and receive a get your tax receipt for donations of $20 or more - simply:
• Go online to make a secure one-time donation or to set-up an ongoing pledge - simply choose the Donate Now Button on the District’s Website (www.district. kent.bc.ca) and follow the instructions—it’s that easy!
• Make your cheque payable to the District of Kent and mark it attention “Community Centre Expansion” so we can be sure to issue your tax deductible receipt (please include your return mailing address)
• Drop it off at our Municipal Hall at 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz, BC
• Or mail it to us at District of Kent, P.O. Box 70, Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0
• Toonies count too! You can also share your leftover change with us by contributing to our “Community Hero Chests” located at the Library, Municipal Hall, Fitness / Activity Centre and rotating to various businesses throughout the town.

 

Q&A (Posted Nov 2012)

 
Q What is the proposed budget of the expansion at the Fitness / Activity Centre?

A The projected budget is $2.5 million. The new addition will be built onto the existing Fitness / Activity Centre (located at 6660 Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz, BC). At an estimated 13,500 sq. ft. (1,250 sq. m) the addition will include:

  1. A large multi-purpose gymnasium that can accommodate and host community events, drop-in play, scheduled programs and can assist in school special events / tournaments.
  2. Two projected multi-purpose rooms with natural light and sound isolation that can accommodate programs identified by the community for the community. These include youth and senior recreation programs, classes in fitness, arts, dance, and cultural special events.
  3. A small kitchen incorporated with the multi-purpose rooms that can be used for instructional classes, programs and tournaments.
  4. Enhancements to the existing washrooms / change rooms, common area and our welcome / administration foyer.

This new addition will adapt to serve the needs of our growing community for years to come.

 

Q Who is the Fundraising Committee?

A

 

 

 

 

 

  • Mayor John Van Laerhoven,Chair
  • Councillor Darcy Striker, Alternate Chair
  • Mr. Robert Stam, Member at Large
  • Ms. Tracey Paul, Member at Large
  • Mrs. Bev Kennedy, Member at Large
  • Ms. Susan Spaeti, Member at Large
  • Mr. Mal Shephard, Member at Large
  • Mr. Wallace Mah, Chief Administrative Officer, Staff Liaison
  • Mr. Kerry Hilts, Director of Community Services, Staff Liaison
   
  Q Who will oversee the fundraising for the expansion?

A The District of Kent oversees the project and is working with the Fundraising Committee on sponsorship, corporate contributions and donations.


Q How is the expansion going to be funded, and how much will it cost me?

A Council and Staff have been working hard with the Fundraising Select Committee to reduce development costs to residents on the project. To date, the District has received $750,000 in funding from the Provincial Government (Community Recreation Fund), and we are anticipating an additional grant funding through other government agencies, corporate companies, fundraising initiatives and sponsorships.

The District anticipates that any debt servicing cost that may occur will have a minimal impact on general taxation rates due to a previous debt retirement of the library.*

The following table is being provided to show you the estimated impacts. These costs are estimates and may fluctuate based on interest rates of the day and the amount of money raised through fundraising, sponsorship and granting. The anticipated construction completion date of the proposed project is March of 2015, so that should provide us with the opportunity to raise revenue.

Community Recreation and Cultural Centre
Borrowing Scenarios - Projections
(10, 15 and 20 year Terms)
November 8, 2012


Project Cost

Grant Funding &
Other Funding Sources


Borrowing
Amount

Terms / Interest Rate (rates based on Municipal Finance Authority November 2012)


Annual Debt Servicing

*Estimated Average Assessed Household Costs
(cost based on BC Assessment 2012 value of $355,000)

SCENARIO #1: includes Provincial Grant ($750,000), Gas Tax Funding ($100,000), Recreation Reserve Funding ($100,000), other Government Funding ($250,000), and Sponsorship / Fundraising Funding ($400,000) = $1.6 Million in outside Funding

$2.5 Million

$1.6 Million

$900,000

10 years / 3.15 %

$103,500

$25

$2.5 Million

$1.6 Million

$900,000

15 years / 3.55 %

$77,000

$20

$2.5 Million

$1.6 Million

$900,000

20 years / 3.75 %

$63,000

$16


Project Cost

Grant Funding &
Other Funding Sources


Borrowing
Amount

Terms / Interest Rate (rates based on Municipal Finance Authority November 2012)


Annual Debt Servicing

*Estimated Household Costs per Year
(cost based on BC Assessment 2012 value of $355,000)

SCENARIO #2: includes Provincial Grant ($750,000), Gas Tax Funding ($100,000), Recreation Reserve Funding ($100,000), other Government Funding ($250,000), and Sponsorship / Fundraising Funding ($200,000) = $1.4 Million in outside Funding

$2.5 Million

$1.4 Million

$1,100,000

10 years / 3.15 %

$127,100

$32

$2.5 Million

$1.4 Million

$1,100,000

15 years / 3.55 %

$94,000

$24

$2.5 Million

$1.4 Million

$1,100,000

20 years / 3.75 %

$78,000

$20


Project Cost

Grant Funding &
Other Funding Sources


Borrowing
Amount

Terms / Interest Rate (rates based on Municipal Finance Authority November 2012)


Annual Debt Servicing

*Estimated Household Costs per Year
(cost based on BC Assessment 2012 value of $355,000)

SCENARIO #3: includes Provincial Grant ($750,000), Gas Tax Funding ($100,000), Recreation Reserve Funding ($100,000), and other Government Funding ($250,000) = $1.2 Million in outside Funding

$2.5 Million

$1.2 Million

$1,300,000

10 years / 3.15 %

$149,300

$38

$2.5 Million

$1.2 Million

$1,300,000

15 years / 3.55 %

$111,200

$28

$2.5 Million

$1.2 Million

$1,300,000

20 years / 3.75 %

$92,450

$23


Project Cost

Grant Funding &
Other Funding Sources


Borrowing
Amount

Terms / Interest Rate (rates based on Municipal Finance Authority November 2012)


Annual Debt Servicing

*Estimated Household Costs per Year
(cost based on BC Assessment 2012 value of $355,000)

SCENARIOS #4:  includes Provincial Grant ($750,000), Gas Tax Funding ($100,000) and Recreation Reserve Funding ($100,000) = $950,000 in outside Funding

$2.5 Million

$950,000

$1,550,000

10 years / 3.15 %

$179,000

$45

$2.5 Million

$950,000

$1,550,000

15 years / 3.55 %

$132,500

$34

$2.5 Million

$950,000

$1,550,000

20 years / 3.75 %

$110,000

$28

These costs are estimates and will fluctuate based on interest rates of the day, the amount of money raised through fundraising, sponsorship and granting.


Q Will the existing Fitness / Activity Centre be accessible during the expansion?

A It will be business as usual at the Fitness / Activity Centre, although parking may be altered to facilitate construction access. Construction updates will be available via email and on our website (www.district.kent.bc.ca) so you can stay current on the latest programs and changes during the construction process.

Q We already have other facilities in the community, so why do we need this expansion at the Fitness / Activity Centre?

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  • Current community programming space is limited, and is not available to meet the needs of our growing community.
  • Specifically, there are limited facilities available for drop-in play, active recreation, sporting events (i.e. such as volleyball, basketball and badminton) or arts / culture programs that can accommodate the many needs of our residents (i.e. open gym time, organized sports, intramural activities, and art classes to name a few).
  • As a result of a various community surveys and requests from outside agencies, there is a growing demand for physical activity opportunities for families, seniors and youth to promote positive lifestyle changes for all ages.
  • The new facility will hopefully address programming gaps that exist in the community.
  • And finally, the expanded, user-friendly facility will improve access and participation by all residents regardless of ages, stages and abilities.

Q Who is the new Centre being built for?

A The newly expanded Centre is being built to meet the needs of people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and financial situations. In fact, the Centre will do even more to keep the residents in our community active and healthy and recreating in our community.

Fact: The 2008 Community-based Leisure Needs Assessment showed that 45 percent of District residents go outside of the community to recreate because of limited choices. This means that money leaves the community every time this happens, and we are spending more money on fuel costs to travel to other facilities to participate in recreation or cultural programs that could be happening locally.


  Q I’m already a member of the Fitness / Activity Centre. How will the expansion affect my fees?

A With the expansion, the District anticipates that membership fees will still be the most affordable in the Fraser Valley. We expect usage and program opportunities to double after the expansion, keeping the membership fees affordable and flexible.

 

Q How can I contribute to the project?

A You can come down to the District Office (located at 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz, BC) to make a contribution and receive a tax receipt or you could mail your cheque to:

District of Kent
P.O. Box 70
Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0

(Please make reference on the cheque that it going towards the Community Centre Expansion, and provide a return address so that we can forward a tax receipt to you)
  
Or if you (or your community group) have ideas or would like to share your time, talents or financial resources you can also contact one of the Fundraising Committee members to learn more about upcoming fundraising activities.

     
Q How will I know how much money is being raised, and the status of the project?

A The District will be installing up to three (3) fundraising thermometers in the community (i.e. Fitness / Activity Centre, Pioneer Park and Highway 7 / 9 entrance). Updates will also be available on the District website (www.district.kent.bc.ca) and periodically advertised in the local Newspaper.

 


Q Can other functions be incorporated into the new expansion of the Fitness / Activity Centre?

A Absolutely, the new expansion will provide more activity choices for the community to get active and healthy, so it will be primarily be used to support sport, recreation and culture activities.

Q Will there be a kitchen as part of the expanded facility?

A Yes, the small kitchen will be part of the expansion to assist in the delivery of recreation programs, and to support activities and events that take place in the facility.

Q Will the expansion compete with other facilities and the Agriculture Hall?

A No, the Fitness / Activity Centre is designed to serve the general public in recreation, arts and culture and not to conduct private functions such as weddings, reunions and other social assemblies. The Agriculture Hall is well equipped to accommodate those social events.

         
Q I don’t use the Fitness / Activity Centre, why should I contribute to the new expansion?

A The new Community Recreation & Cultural Centre will provide more opportunities for the community to be active that helps keep them healthier. Research has shown that communities that support active lifestyles have less youth crime, lower rates of obesity, heart attacks, high blood pressure and diabetes. The new Centre will also contribute to a healthier community through social inclusion and a sense of connection. Recreation helps to bind families through shared experiences and shared achievements. Through participation, recreation helps address anti-social behaviour and supports education.

This means that your contribution encourages our youth to make more positive activity choices, helps promote a healthy inclusive community and assists in keeping medical costs down by people being more engaged in recreation.

Fact: According to the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association, 87 percent of youth who participate in recreation make better life choices. And according to Health Canada, seniors who recreate stay in their communities longer, are healthier and make more positive contributions to the economy.

 

Q What is this new project going to do for the community?  What are the benefits that we can expect?

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  • The new Centre will increase the emphasis on a healthy, active lifestyle, helping to keep people out of the medical system and keeping medical costs down.  There will be a positive effect on obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and many other illnesses.  The new Centre will excite and motivate people to become more active! 
  • The Centre will be a hub for the community, where friends and families can participate together or individually in sports, recreation and culture.
  • The Centre will welcome people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and financial situations.  Parents will interact with children, and teens will participate side by side with adults and seniors.
  • The Centre will help attract businesses, families and professionals who want to locate in a community that has the recreation amenities that they need.
 
Q Where can we find information on the project as it progresses?

A You can access the District website at www.district.kent.bc.ca where you will find a link to all the activities of the facility expansion, including fundraising, volunteering and progress reports. Plus, sign up for our construction updates via email so you can stay current on the latest news regarding the new facility.


Q When will construction be complete and the new Centre opened?

A The project completion date is on or before March 31, 2015.

  Q Who do I contact if I want more information?


AMr. Kerry Hilts
Director of Community Services

District of Kent,
P.O. Box 70, Agassiz, BC  V0M 1A0



Phone: 604-796-2235
Fax: 604-796-9854
E-mail: khilts@district.kent.bc.ca
Website: www.district.kent.bc.ca



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