Parkinson Recreation Centre redevelopment

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PRC is more than a building to so many people in our community–  for decades, it’s been a place for people to move, grow, thrive, learn and belong. Investing in the redevelopment of PRC is in an investment in the wellbeing of our community for decades to come.

Originally constructed in 1972, PRC is a full-service, multi-use space that has undergone several upgrades and renovations through the years and is now reaching the end of its service life. The current facility is in poor condition, inefficient and undersized. The facility will require a multi-million dollar investment to remain in service and analysis shows that developing a new recreation campus is a better strategic investment for Kelowna’s future than retrofitting and renovating the existing facility any further.

The redevelopment Parkinson Recreation Centre has been identified as priority in the 10-year Capital Plan for over a decade and is recognized as a unique opportunity for delivering a landmark wellness facility that will serve our community for generations.

PRC is worth investing in

PRC belongs to everyone and is a place where everyone belongs.  The facility strives to be completely barrier-free, and offers numerous benefits to users and non-users alike. 

Community recreation centres: 

Community recreation centres are vital to a healthy City by enabling and increasing participation in community sport, recreation, physical activity, cultural, social and creative pursuits that enhance individual and community wellbeing. By creating a positive atmosphere, these local facilities become essential to personal health and wellness, thereby reducing reliance on healthcare and other costly social services. In turn, recreation boosts local economy and can also help contribute to overall economic development. Community recreation centres help build strong, safe and inclusive communities; social interaction, volunteerism and civic pride.

Project background - how we got here

2011: Infrastructure Planning Study - PRC redevelopment identified as the City's top priority project

2013: PRC Space Program Study - Program area spaces and configurations were identified

In May 2013, City Council received the Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Report outlining Kelowna’s sport and recreation facility requirements to 2031. The 18-month study was to result in a responsible and cost-effective development strategy that ensures the City’s sport and recreation facility portfolio is able to meet current and future community needs for the next two decades. Further, the strategic development of the required facilities was to conform to the vision, commitments, principles and strategic imperatives that guide the delivery of Kelowna’s parks, recreation and cultural services. The report’s evaluation analysis identified that the City’s top priority project should be the redevelopment of the Parkinson Recreation Campus.

2015: Space Feasibility Study - Redevelopment options and building configuration were evaluated and identified

PRC’s scheduling and programming protocols are maximizing the use of the facility and are satisfying the needs of as many individuals and groups as possible. The addition of the new Parkinson Activity Centre (PAC) to the Parkinson site increased the appeal and profile of the Parkinson Recreation Campus to the extent that the combined facilities have enlarged PRC’s capture area such that it serves a  number of regional sport, recreation and leisure needs. This expanded “draw” has elevated the number of Kelowna residents who patronize Parkinson Recreation Park’s combined facilities, thereby putting increased pressure on PRC’s facilities and programs. It was identified through an initial functional programming analysis that a future recreation facility at Parkinson Recreation Park should provide more programmable space to increase the user capacity beyond what is available in the existing facility. 

2021: Functional Program Update - Capacity and usage requirements were identified

2022 +: Capital costing & detailed planning - Total project costs estimated will be established and detailed designs will be produced

Engagement to date 

Guiding Principles

The following guiding principles were established as the backbone for prioritizing program needs, informing site configuration and to be used as a barometer to measure success as the project progresses through design and construction through to operations:

1. People-focused amenities

  • Focus on wellness and healthy living opportunities. 
  • Encourage multi-generational integration. 
  • Create a centre of excellence for health, recreation, culture and sport for all. 
  • Facilitate new sport tourism opportunities.

2. Good stewards of public resources 

  • Optimizing amenities and programming while being fiscally responsible and balancing cost containment.
  • Demonstrate leadership in responsibly building a thriving community with healthy, engaged citizens of a global society. 
  • Minimize operation interruptions of existing sports fields and recreation centre.
  • Maintain the integrity and contiguous nature of the sports fields.

3. Innovative leadership 

  • Create a precedent-setting facility with respect to design and sustainability.
  • Challenge expectations with bold innovation throughout the project. 
  • Foster community inclusivity, pride and ownership.

4. Cultivate partnerships

  • Optimize opportunities for partnership with SD23 on the adjacent property.
  • Facilitate collaboration with other partners who share values and objectives.
  • Engage with the Indigenous community for collaboration opportunities.

5. Sustainability

  • Deliver a facility that demonstrates the City’s commitment to responding to climate change through leadership in sustainable design and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Optimize sustainable design using unique site opportunities while respecting the boundaries of the Mill Creek floodplain. 
  • Incorporates multi-modal transportation opportunities, including improving connectivity through enhancing trail networks, considering the proximity to transit routes.
  • Create pedestrian campus feel, with safety and security in mind.

Located in a 48-acre park in a dense urban setting, the future Kelowna community campus is a unique opportunity for delivering a landmark facility that will help shape the future of Kelowna. The site features the Apple Bowl and numerous sport fields, is bisected by Mill Creek, and is adjacent to the site of a future school.

The surrounding neighbourhood is predicted to be one of the fastest-growing in the city. In addition to the residential population, the Parkinson Recreation Centre (PRC) will also serve one of the densest districts for employment in the city.

The central location and proximity to several urban centres are served well by many walking, cycling, and transit routes running through or near the site. The Okanagan Rail Trail runs immediately adjacent to the site. Active transportation connections will be further enhanced with the Mill Creek Linear Park running through the site, Lawrence Avenue active transportation corridor (ATC) to downtown, the Sutherland Avenue ATC extension, and Glenmore Road active transportation improvements. The Rapid Transit and several other major bus routes are also immediately adjacent to the site.

Amenities - what's proposed

Current facility components include a leisure pool, gymnasium, cardiovascular fitness and weight training rooms, multiple convertible program and activities rooms, a banquet room, offices and a lobby. External spaces immediately surrounding the facility are also frequently used by pop-up markets or events.

Outdoor amenity space includes a large number of sports fields, sport courts, playgrounds and track and field facilities.

The demand on these amenities is only expected to grow as we do. A new campus would contain enhanced versions of many of the same amenities and would also accommodate uses and programming opportunities that the current facility and park cannot.

Proposed amenities

 New facility - estimated change in size from PRC  What’s included
Athletic Program5x largerEnhanced fitness centre and multi-gym complex to host competitions and recreational activities. Change from one gym to three
Aquatic Program1.2x largerAquatic centre suitable for instruction, training and leisure activities including aquatic space for rehabilitation purposes. Change from 6 swimming lanes to a minimum of 8 lanes
Athletic/Aquatic Support1.5x largerChange rooms, washrooms, equipment storage
Customer Service/Admin/General Program4x largerMultipurpose spaces to meet a wide range of user needs, including: entry, reception, public gathering areas, staff offices and administration areas, community rooms, and general program areas
Building Operations1.3x largerOperations, mechanical and electrical areas
Overall site2.6x larger 

Complimentary tenants, partner space or collaboration with adjacent landowner School District #23 will also be explored for the potential benefit of integrating education, recreation, health, and wellness opportunities in a campus to enhance community of Kelowna and to optimize operations and revenue of the new facility.


Replacement of Parkinson Recreation Centre was identified in the 10-year Capital Plan.

Funding of the project is likely to be through reserve funding, taxation and by long-term borrowing, which requires approval of the electors. Additional funding opportunities will be explored, including grants, partnership and alternative revenue options such as sponsorship.

Innovations for the campus may align with senior government policies, especially in relation to sustainable initiatives, to improves the potential for senior government funding.