Changeroom contract awarded
The request for proposals for construction of two new changerooms at the Oliver arena are complete.
Weinrich Construction has been awarded the contract (for less than $80,000) to add on the changerooms to the south side of the arena.
Each room is 42 feet long by 14 feet wide.
Recreation manager Bob Grant said the additional rooms will give minor hockey more flexibility, particularly in the accommodation of female players.
This will bring the total to six changerooms.
Grant acknowledged that having only four change rooms made the facility a little crowded before.
The board hopes the new changerooms will attract junior teams and increase revenue.
The project is expected to be complete by fall.
Weight room expansion proceeds
The board is proceeding with request for proposals to expand the weight room facility at the recreation centre.
Manager Bob Grant said the 1,800 square-foot expansion will make a huge difference in the community, bringing the total floor space to 2,600 square feet.
Grant said the weight room/fitness centre is Parks and Rec’s biggest generator of revenue. The board estimates expansion costs to be $80,000 to $100,000. Grant said the additional equipment will likely cost about $20,000.
He said the goal of the project is to improve the overall health of the community – to make people stronger, healthier and live longer.
Disc golf proposed
Oliver could be home to a new disc golf course in the near future.
Dave Wilson from Southern Okanagan Secondary School proposed that students help Parks and Rec establish a Frisbee golf course in town.
Recreation Manager Bob Grant said a nine-hole course could be established in Lions Park for youth and seniors (at an estimated cost of $5,000).