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For those who love the water park idea (an all year operation): A committee has been meeting for the last two weeks and relentless to find the $ and political and municipal backing for the waterpark. Private and public funding is available. The political and financial hurdles you may think are massive, can be overcome. This has become a necessity in our city when you consider it's size and growth. Would be amazing venue for younger population and families. Also will draw in tourist and bring a good boost to local economy. Since the posting on a local page to see what the interest was like, there has been a huge and positive response. This shows the need which will drive the success in the implementation stage. This will be within the city limits. Concept and design is underway and, contrary to popular belief, the funding is the not a big obstacle! I believe this will happen when you see the commitment of Judy Walker and her team. The proposals and the former meeting minutes can be viewed. Anyone interested to throw their ideas into the pot, let me know by INBOXing me or contact 204-817-0550 for details on upcoming meetings and venues. I would love to connect you with the team and see this kickstarter progress greatly. Cheers...
For a little more context, this has been on the city's radar since the release of the most recent rec master plan where a need has been identified for an "enhanced outdoor aquatics complex" that should include some of "water slides, lazy river, splash areas and lane swimming, and meet a high standard for accessibility and comfort including zero entry access, shaded grassy areas, expanded changing rooms and canteen building." More on the need and future direction toward filling it at the link below starting on Page 52. Timing for implementation at that time said to be 2025-2029, tho not sure what wrenches Covid might or might not have thrown into that: https://brandon.ca/images/pdf/Recreation/Recreation_Master_Plan.pdf
Not clear if what OP is describing is part and parcel to this, or considered separate?
So folks have a little more of an idea what they're being invited to and where it fits into the city's recreational facilities plan can you guys please share if this initiative is alongside/in support of efforts in the City of Brandon rec plan for an outdoor water facility or if this is over and above/separate from those plans?
A week or so ago at our only pool was pretty telling. Packed, Lineup waiting to get in was at least ten deep with people willing to pay at least a bit to swim. Guessing Covid capacity limit factored in some, but there were a ton of people inside. Had the chance to see the Souris pool for the first time this past week. What a great setup and the swimming lessons they run are top notch. That said if Brandon is going to go as far as planning and making the investment/doing the fundraising, we should have ambitions for at least a step bigger. For a community this size with this tax base a pool that size will IMO be too small to serve needs and it wouldn’t be long before we’re talking about needing a second one. That doesn’t mean that we’d be able to support Wisconsin Dells part 2, but somewhere there’s a sweet spot where the finances add up and we can at least have what a city this size with no lake/ocean should have.
In theory as a user something that big sounds great but as you scale past something that serves community needs and into something that’s meant to (or needs to) draw from outside it needs to be seen as more of a business venture than just a community facility. There’s risk-reward that needs to be understood as far as what’s put in and what could come out short and long-term. In that case, how much taxpayer money are you putting up, what are the risks to taxpayer associated with cost overruns (or bad years or facility deterioration after the early honeymoon years)? What are the tangible benefits and do they match up with that investment? At what point do you need private dollars? If so what level of profitability is there going to need to be versus the break-even that a community facility probably plans for and what does that mean for user fees? One concept that I could see working is Kinsmen Water Park in Prince Albert. Similar sized prairie city, city-run facility. Not too big, not too small… https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g155041-d7696200-Reviews-Kinsmen_Water_Park-Prince_Albert_Saskatchewan.html#/media-atf/7696200/
As far as private and indoors, other angle I wonder about is Wayway/Gambler and any ambitions for each's land. Maybe opportunity to take a swing along the lines of Grand Forks Canad with a hotel/indoor water combo not far from the Trans Canada? But obviously with any private there has to be a profitable business case for it in this market since nobody's going to build on charity.
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