Parksville extends application deadline for aquatic centre technical advisory group

File photo
Latest Oceanside News

The city has extended the application deadline for an expert panel to advise council on the location of the proposed Parksville Aquatic and Recreation Centre to June 4.

The Advisory Technical Working Group will review technical aspects of the design, construction and operation of the project and provide neutral expert guidance on the recommendations contained in the consultant reports, the city said in a May 31 news release.

Members are expected to be licensed or registered to practice as a qualified professional in B.C. (retired members are acceptable); a qualified professional in their respective field; minimum five years demonstrated professional experience in their respective field (B.C. experience preferred); minimum bachelor’s degree in field of expertise or certification from an accredited post-secondary institution in respective field or equivalent combination of experience and qualifications. Members appointed to the working group will serve without compensation.

The city will sign a contract with Golder-WSP to conduct a preliminary site assessment of a location at the end of Despard Avenue for the proposed Parksville Aquatic and Recreation Centre. 

Phase One of the assessment will cost $125,000 and will include ecological assessments, a hydrogeological assessment, a geotechnical assessment, a civil engineering assessment and a land analysis report. Golder-WSP is an affiliate branch of WSP Canada and provides specialized hydrogeological and environmental expertise. 

Council also authorized the city to hire HDR Architecture Associates to carry out the public consultation and engagement strategy for the proposed centre.

Besides the location at the end of Despard Avenue, potential sites at Parksville Community Park, Island Highway and Pym Street, Wembley Mall, Parksville Elementary School and Tuan Road are under consideration. 

The project feasibility study was released to the public on Feb. 1 and reports, preliminary studies and background information was posted to the project website, Let’s Talk Parksville. 

Council endorsed the creation of the panel at its April 19 meeting.

Applications can be sent to the the city’s administration department at Box 1390, 100 Jensen Ave East, Parksville V9P 2H3, or by email to They will be received until 3 pm, Friday, June 4.

Oceanside News Parksville Qualicum Beach
Please help share this story and Oceanside News:


Keep up with the Latest Buzz

Soon we’ll be launching an Oceanside News email edition. 

“Bee” the first to know about it by signing up below:

We value your privacy. Your email address will not be shared with 3rd parties and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Dear readers…

As of April 2022 Oceanside News is no longer actively publishing new content. If you believe in local news and want to explore partnership opportunities, please get in touch.