Category: FAQ

If the pool and fitness centre is built in the park where planned would we have to cut down trees?

If the new pool and fitness centre is built in the park where originally planned, at the corner of Quadra and Pembrooke, sadly yes, some – not all – would we have to be removed. The Preliminary Arborist Report identifies trees that would need to be removed. Ideally, if a tree is removed from any […]

If the pool and fitness centre is built in Central Park would we lose green space?

No. Central park currently includes Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre, a parking area, two tennis courts, a basketball court, and outdoor fitness area, a children’s play park and two ball fields. If the new Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre is built in the park there would be no permanent loss of green space. The plans […]

Can the pool and fitness centre be built in the Royal Athletic Park parking lot?

No. Building at 940 Caledonia Ave – the Royal Athletic Park – would require an accommodation related to the Harbour Cats. There would be an impact to the parking lot’s users. Parking would be required under the facility which would come at a high cost. The geotechnical conditions are unknown and would have to be […]

Can the pool and fitness centre be built in the Save On Memorial Arena Parking lot?

No. The ideal place Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre is North Park. This area is centrally located in the city of Victoria and is easily accessible. Having the pool in North Park also benefits a number of Victoria’s vulnerable people. Here’s why to new facility cannot be built in the Save On Memorial Arena Parking […]

Does the new Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre need to incorporate housing?

It is clear we need more low-cost housing options in Victoria. The idea of including low-cost housing in the pool project has come up several times since 2011. We do not   have to include it in the pool project. In fact, constitutional authority for housing sits with provincial governments, not cities. Both the Government of […]

Was North Park Consulted on the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre?

Yes. North Park has been consulted with since the City first began investigating what to do with the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre. Meetings were held with more than 26 organizations – including the North Park Neighbourhood Association. The project team engaged directly with the North Park Neighbourhood Association in a workshop regarding site planning […]

What is the Feasibility Study?

In 2016 the City of Victoria approved funding for a Feasibility Study to investigate the community need for aquatics and related services. The study would recommend how to move forward. HCMA Architecture + Design an Environment Recreation Consultants (PERC) were hired. in 2016 over 1,200 people, 79% of them residents of Victoria, participated in a […]