Brennan Park Recreation Centre

The District of Squamish is upgrading Brennan Park Recreation Centre. Completion of the project is expected to take place in phases, over several years, as funding becomes available. The big vision is for a future Centre that will include a second ice rink and second pool, as well as new programming and administration space, accessibility upgrades, and energy retrofits. 

Brennan Park projects are likely to be funded by federal and provincial grants, as they become available and as the District is able to match the funds for the municipal-match portion.

Construction will begin this summer with the first project - the Green and Accessibility Retrofit Project - funded by the $11.7M from the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program (Infrastructure Canada). Read on for more details. The District has adopted the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) system to manage overall construction

Brennan Park Recreation Centre will continue to operate during the renovations however there will be some impact on programs and community use. The community will be notified of operational impacts during construction via signage, District newsletters, and social media.

Progress

What's happening now

Pre-development planning is underway to determine feasibility and timing of future replacements at Brennan Park.

Work is progressing well to prepare for the start of construction for the first $21M project ($11.7M federal grant), expected to begin summer 2024. Learn more about Project One: Green and Accessibility Retrofit Project below.

The community was invited to a drop-in Information Night on February 1. Details on the improvements set to begin in the coming months were on display.

Click here to view the information boards

 


Timeline

Construction start date Q2 2024 

Budget

$21M

Next Steps

Continue community and user-group engagement.

Centre Project Details

The Green and Accessibility Retrofit Project is the first of many projects slated for Brennan Park Recreation Centre. It forms the first stage of a long-term plan that is in line with the Real Estate and Facilities Master Plan (REFMP) and is only a small portion of work required for the Centre.

This project is funded in part by $11.7M from the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program (Infrastructure Canada). We are very grateful for this program's support.  

The scope of work must follow grant requirements, which have strict guidelines of what can be built under this grant platform. The District has worked within this guideline, plus the REFMP, to determine the scope of work. Projects such as a new pool or ice rink do not fall within this grant guideline, however, the District continues to plan these longer-term projects (in line with the REMFP)

Green Retrofit

  • Ice arena and pool heating/cooling major reclaim system upgrades
  • Ice arena roof insulation replacement
  • HEPA filter install
  • Staged landscaping to include a no-water garden, bee-friendly plants, and solar lighting

New Construction and Accessibility installations

  • New customer service area 3,900sqft
  • New elevator for second-floor access

Construction Retrofit

  • Renovation of second-floor mezzanine into fitness/program room with adaptable equipment
  • Renovation of ice rink change rooms
  • Renovation of lobby

BPRC rendering 1

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Grant application underway. Funded by the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

ICIP grant is 100% sustainability-focused and its scope of work includes retrofitting part of the existing exterior walls in order to reduce GHGe (Greenhouse Gas emissions) running costs. Details and scope of work will be finalised over the coming two months reported back to the community and Council.

Other Brennan Park Projects

An accessible splash park and playground are currently being planned for Brennan Park Recreation Centre. Residents will be invited to provide input into the design process as this project moves forward. Engagement will take place in early 2024. 

  • Timeline: 2024 to 2025
  • Budget: $1.7M
  • Next steps: design engagement, confirm location (working with Brennan Park project team), schematic design.

Brennan Park Recreation Centre’s new dog park will open to the public in 2024 once the grass surface is ready and the finishing touches have been installed.

  • Timeline: Construction completed. Park closed until Spring 2024 to allow hydroseed to grow.
  • Budget: $40K

Two tennis courts were remediated and six pickleball courts were installed at Brennan Park in 2023. The remaining two tennis courts are planned to be remediated in 2024.

  • Timeline: Completed 
  • Budget: $370K

Improvements to the connecting trail between the recreation centre and Finch Drive are being planned. Details will be shared as this project progresses. 

  • Timeline: TBD
  • Budget: $175K

A covered bike park is being explored for the Brennan Park Fields and Lands, and District staff are in discussions with a possible proponent. Details will be shared as this project progresses. 

  • Timeline: To be confirmed
  • Budget: TBA
  • Current works: District staff in discussion with possible proponent. Proponent is reviewing requirements and cost for utilities (in particular stormwater) to confirm the feasibility of the project.

The SORCA Bike Skills Park along Loggers Lane, adjacent to the Brennan Park Recreation Centre auditorium, has been undergoing a comprehensive re-build. SORCA has advised that this project will re-open once paving is complete, which must wait for better weather. View the SORCA update here.

Background

For the past several years, the District has engaged with stakeholders and the public regarding the future of Brennan Park Recreation Centre and its fields and lands. 

Council approved an amendment to the 2023-2027 Financial Plan Bylaw to support a Pre-Development project to undertake the necessary due diligence in order to determine the feasibility of future additional Brennan Park Recreation Centre upgrade projects.  

User-group, stakeholder, and partnership collaboration continues. District begins applications for grants to fund Brennan Park upgrades. Work on new dog park, SORCA skills park, and pickleball/tennis court upgrades begin. Long-term leases with community partners continue, expanding the capacity of work on the Brennan Park Fields and Land Master Plan.

The Brennan Park Fields and Land Master Plan is endorsed by Council. This land use document focuses on surrounding land and assigns future space allotments for use by activity.

Critical elements from the REFMP are incorporated into Long-term Financial Plan and Annual Budget processes. Public engagement with user-groups begins for detailed design nuances on planned upgrades and renovations.

District of Squamish develops a Real Estate and Facilities Strategy and the Re-create Brennan Park Campaign is launched. Community input from the 2012/13 Parks and Recreation Master Plan forms the starting point for community conversations. Development of a two-pronged community engagement campaign was developed and held to build on the findings of the 2012/13 Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan is developed. Significant public engagement was conducted during development. The plan laid a path for the future of both the Recreation Centre and surrounding parkland providing a solid foundation for future community discussion. A stronger mandate for community engagement was developed with a shift towards a Community Development Model.

Funding Brennan Park Recreation Centre

At an estimated +$100M price tag (and growing), this will be done in phases as funding for each phase is sourced and confirmed. Grants offered by the federal and provincial governments are an important funding stream. A grant of $11.7M has been secured for the first project, and will fund energy retrofits and accessibility improvements ($21M total project budget). The District is awaiting a decision on a $12.4M grant from the CleanBC Community Fund.

Federal and provincial grants are issued for very specific types of projects, which will dictate what work gets done and when.

District staff continue to engage recreation user groups to help define specific projects in support of future grant opportunities.

News and Updates

The community was invited to a drop-in Information Night on Thursday, February 1 between 4 and 8 p.m. Details on the improvements set to begin in the coming months were on display, as well as a look ahead at our plans for improving Brennan Park Recreation Centre. Project staff were also on hand to answer questions. 

Click here to view the information boards

Click here to visit Let's Talk Squamish for more information on the Splash Park and Playground. 

Construction is set to begin next week on relocated pickleball courts and upgraded tennis courts. Six new pickleball courts will be built and the two northern tennis courts will be dismantled and rebuilt as part of the project. The northern tennis courts will be closed during construction, however the two southern tennis courts will remain open throughout and are slated for an upgrade in 2024. The project is estimated to be complete by end of August for end-of-summer play. Read the news release here

This is a preliminary plan that enables us to now ground-truth with outside experts and the various organizations that use the facility and surrounding lands.

Finalizing a master plan is an important piece to set us up for securing grant funding for the various phases to take place over time.

View the Report to Council during the June 13, 2023 Committee of the Whole. View the meeting video.  

The District of Squamish is embarking on the next phase of facility investments in Squamish by reviewing municipal facilities and land requirements in a fiscally responsible manner.  Council approved an amendment to the 2023-2027 Financial Plan Bylaw to support a Real Estate and Facilities Master Plan (REFMP) Pre-Development project.

Scope of Work*: The following retrofit and upgrade works will be undertaken as part of this first project:

  • New ice rink and pool heat recovery system and upgrades to HVAC system.
  • Mezzanine area retrofit to increase programming space.  
  • Lobby retrofit.
  • Accessibility improvements.
  • New customer service area. 
  • Retrofit of ice rink change rooms. 
  • Sustainability measures such as ice rink roof insulation upgrades.

*This project is funded by the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program, therefore the scope of work must remain within the parameters set by the grant supplier.

A $16.3M project - Project One: Green and Accessibility Retrofit Project - that will kick start a series of Brennan Park Recreation Centre upgrades over the coming years is moving forward! A Request for Proposals has been issued to hire the project team that will complete this first phase of work. This work is defined by the recently successful federal grant application announced in July. The grant will cover $11.7M of the project costs.

*This grant is funded through the federal Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program. Eligible work under the grant includes the following: green retrofit projects such as the ice arena and pool heating/cooling reclaim system upgrades; new construction to add an elevator to an expanded second floor; renovation of the second-floor mezzanine for a fitness/program room with adaptable equipment: renovation of ice rink changerooms and lobby.  

The District of Squamish received funding from the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program (Infrastructure Canada) for the start of a deep energy retrofit, facility upgrades for better community accessibility, and an interior renovation for Squamish’s main recreation complex. 

The federally-funded Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program aims to build more community buildings and improve existing infrastructure – particularly in areas where the population is experiencing higher needs while also making the buildings more energy efficient with lower carbon emissions, more resilient, and higher performing.

  • Project Estimate: $16.3M
  • Grant Funded: $11.7M
  • Timing: Planning and design to start Q4 2022 and construction to start Q2 2023

Grant website Infrastructure Canada - Applicant Guide

Read the news release

FAQs

Brennan Park Recreation Centre is being upgraded/expanded rather than being demolished/rebuilt because:

    • Upgrades/expansions can be paced and staged as funding is available.
    • The existing recreation centre can continue to function while upgrades and expansion take place.
    • Greenhouse Gas emissions from demolishing a building and rebuilding are significantly higher than upgrading/expanding.

As construction will occur as funding for each phase is sourced and confirmed, construction may take several years before the whole project is complete. Project timelines will be released individually. 

Project One: Green and Accessibility Retrofit Project is anticipated to take up to two years to complete (end of 2026). 

A Master Plan for the future Centre is currently underway. Updates to come mid-2024.

Real Estate and Facilities Master Plan

Brennan Park Recreation Centre Public Engagement Project

Brennan Park Fields and Lands Master Plan