About the pool & fitness centre

Originally built in 1971, Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre was originally designed in 1969 by Victoria architect John Di Castri as an aquatics centre. The facilities which includes a 50 meter pool have since been modified to incorporate weight training and other dry-land fitness activities.

Not enough capacity

The centre is the city’s only pool & fitness centre serving a community of over 90,000. This busy 49 year-old facility has reached end of life. The centre is operating at capacity with over 400,000 visits per year and the demand is growing. The city’s population has increased by 12% in the last 8 years and the need for indoor swims is 22% greater than what Victoria can accommodate. There is also a need to significantly increase both the quality and quantity of dry floor spaces.

End of life

City Council received a report in 2013 on the increasing risk of failure of key systems. External consultants confirmed this report in 2014 and 2015. Over the past 8 years pool staff have been doing all they can to keep the facility open, but they can only do so much. The systems will eventually fail leaving Victoria with no where to swim.

The options

The city looked into 3 options.

OptionCostProsCons
Retrofit$40 M
operating cost 10% less
no service for 1-2 years
no room for future needs
high risk
Renovate and expand$56 Moperating cost 10% less

no service for 1-2 years
high risk
Build a new facility$68 Moperating cost 10% less
continuous service
addresses future needs
reduced risk


On February 16, 2017 Council passed a motion that directed staff to develop an implementation plan of a new facility to cost no more than $69.4 million total. This option included a new 50 meter pool designed to meet both current and future needs. This decision has been retracted and we are now back at square one.