February 11, 2005
For Immediate Release
$1.92 Million Construction Contract Awarded for
Kamloops’ Tournament Capital Facilities Expansion Project
Kamloops, B.C.—The City of Kamloops has awarded a $1.92-million contract to Mierau
Contractors Ltd. to begin Phase 1 construction of a state-of-the-art athletics field house at Hillside
Stadium beside UCC/Thompson Rivers University.
Phase 1 consists of a 3,850 sq. ft. sports medicine clinic building integrated with the Canada
Games Aquatic Centre. A long-term lease agreement has been signed to facilitate the construction
and ongoing operation of the Sports Medicine Clinic. Included in the plans are 10 new
family/handicapped change rooms and a much larger lobby area for the Canada Games Aquatic
Centre. Phase 1 construction also includes a large change room facility for the soon-to-be built
Athletics Field House at Hillside Stadium adjacent to the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.
For public safety reasons the Canada Games Aquatic Centre will be closed approximately May 15,
2005 until September 5, 2005 as it will be an active construction zone. To reduce inconvenience to
the public, the City will open Brock outdoor pool earlier than the traditional June 6 date, depending
on public demand. In addition, Westsyde Pool will remain open during June instead of closing for a
planned maintenance shutdown.
“The City will increase the number of public swimming lessons available at Brock, McDonald Park,
and Westsyde Pools by 25 per cent effective May 15, 2005,” said aquatics manager Eric Bientjes,
“All U-Pass holders will receive swimming privileges at these other facilities while the Canada
Games Aquatic Centre is closed.”
“Staff have been working cooperatively with user groups to reduce the impact of this planned
closure of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre,” said Byron McCorkell, director of parks, recreation
and cultural services.
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Contact: Byron McCorkell
City of Kamloops: 250-828-3489