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Aldergrove open houses seek pool input

Plans to provide the community with a new recreation centre and pool in Aldergrove are being considered and the Township of Langley wants residents to have their say.

A proposed new community centre is planned for the former Aldergrove Elementary School site on Fraser Highway. Two open houses will be held this month to collect input on two facility concept plans.

The first open house will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, 26770 - 29 Ave. This public input opportunity will be available before and after the Aldergrove Joint Town Hall meeting that will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the same location.

The second open house will take place Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Aldergrove Community Secondary School Library, 26850 - 29 Ave.

“The new Aldergrove community recreation centre is a significant investment that will provide the Township with leisure opportunities for generations to come,” said Township Councillor Bob Long, Chair of Mayor Jack Froese’s Aldergrove Community Recreation Centre Standing Committee.

“It is important that decisions about this project are made with the public’s opinions in mind. I encourage everyone to take the time to provide input. We really want the community’s feedback.”

Residents can also have their say online.

From November 15 to 30, the public can learn more about the proposed plans and make their choice via www.placespeak.com\aldergrovecommunitycentre or simply link to it from the Township’s website www.tol.ca

• Option One would see the facility located at the north end of the site, near Fraser Highway, and connected to the existing heritage schoolhouse. It would provide a modest leisure pool and a six-lane, 25-metre lap pool, both constructed indoors for year-round use, as well as fitness activity and multi-purpose rooms, a single sheet ice arena, and lobby space with food services. The Aldergrove Library would be relocated to the heritage schoolhouse. Option One is projected to cost $34.8 million to construct and approximately $1.5 million annually to operate.

• Option Two would create a campus-style facility at the south end of the site, with a stand-alone Aldergrove Library in the renovated schoolhouse, fronting Fraser Highway. A modest indoor leisure pool would be available year-round, with a six-lane 25-metre outdoor lap pool located in a park-like setting built for seasonal use. Option Two includes a fitness activity room, additional multi-purpose rooms, a single sheet ice arena, and lobby space with food services. Option Two is projected to cost $33.4 million to build and approximately $1 million annually to operate.

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