Proposed Rutland Recreation Park fieldhouse: More than just change rooms

March 21, 2019
Public engagement

The Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts (CORE) and the City of Kelowna are inviting residents to attend an information session to learn more about the proposed multi-sport fieldhouse in Rutland Recreation Park. The session will take place on Wednesday, April 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Rutland Arena Lobby, 645 Dodd Rd. Representatives from the City of Kelowna and CORE will be on hand to share information and answer questions.

“The current building is in poor condition and doesn’t meet our city’s user group needs,” said Sandra Kochan, Partnership Manager. “This partnership with CORE will provide a much needed revitalization of the space, and make it a true multi-sport hub for adult and youth sport programs, education, events and tournaments.”

The new two-story building would replace the current one-story fieldhouse and would include:

  • New team change rooms and public washrooms
  • Community gathering place
  • Field lighting

"CORE represents eight different sport organizations who will make the Rutland Recreation Park fieldhouse their home," said Doug Manning, President of the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts society.  "The facility will be a home for U13 multi-sport programs, a variety of adult field sports, and field sport tournaments for all ages.”

In October, 2018, CORE submitted a proposal to the City of Kelowna to raise money to build and operate a new fieldhouse in Rutland Recreation Park. CORE and the City of Kelowna are now in the final stages of drafting the memorandum of understanding, and this session is intended to inform nearby residents, property owners and park users of the proposed plans.

The development of the Rutland Recreation Park Fieldhouse is subject to Council approval of the memorandum of understanding (MOU), CORE fundraising and the City’s standard development process. Pending the approval of the MOU, fundraising will begin later this year and construction is anticipated to start in 2020, with completion in 2021.

Background

A high level summary of the project:

  • CORE to raise funds and construct a multi-sport fieldhouse which will replace an existing change room structure, in the same location, at RRP.
  • CORE will operate the facility through a long-term non-market lease and operating agreement.
  • The City may (subject to negotiations and budget approvals) contribute to the capital costs and ongoing repairs and maintenance for public washrooms and other amenities. The City will negotiate an appropriate level of access to the building for its own programming, and will continue to control field scheduling at RRP, with a view to accommodating the needs of fieldhouse users to the extent possible.
  • In conjunction with negotiated access to playing fields at RRP, the facility will function as a multi-sport hub for adult and youth sport programs, education, events and tournaments.