The former Big Hill Leisure Pool building is slated for demolition this month, with crews expected to begin preliminary work this week.
The former pool is on land designated as public service. Mayor Jeff Genung says Council is committed to keeping it that way. “We know this location is highly valued by everyone in Cochrane,” he says. “Before any decisions are made for this site, we’ll ask for the community’s input on the long-term vision for public uses there.”
Plans to build Cochrane’s new aquatic centre always included a plan to remove the old pool facility.
Since the old pool building was purpose-built when building codes were much different, the cost to remediate it was an important consideration. Demolition costs were budgeted at $740,000 (funded from reserves), but the final contract came in at $264,000.
The contract includes a variety of ways to reuse the old material: 98% will be diverted from landfill and reused for road base and in other projects, further reducing the costs.
The choice of contractor for the demolition followed the Town’s formal bid process and established weighting criteria.
Removing the structure is expected to take approximately six weeks.
The new Jayman BUILT Aquatic Centre is located at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre and is operated as part of that facility.
The process to decide future facilities on the old pool site is still being determined, but will include opportunities for the public to be involved.