Athabasca Regional Aquatic & Fitness Centre


Athabasca County and the Town of Athabasca have entered into a cost-sharing arrangement for the construction of a new Regional Aquatic & Fitness Centre to serve residents of the greater Athabasca region. It will be connected to the Athabasca Regional Multiplex and will provide recreational swimming options, aquatic fitness opportunities, swimming events and personal fitness options over the next 40 to 50 years.

The facility will have two pools including a 25 metre lap pool and a leisure pool with a lazy river, water slide, and water features. A new fitness facility was identified as important to current users of the multiplex and is being added to the new facility. The multiplex will also undergo some upgrades to connect it to the new facility.

Core Amenities of the facility will include the following:

  • 25 metre lap pool
  • Change room cubicles
  • Administration amenities – staff office, staff change room, first aid room
  • Leisure pool
  • Fitness Centre
  • Lockers – BYO lock & rental locks
  • Lazy river
  • Barrier free pool
  • Storage rooms

Features added to the Project:

  • Pool Bleachers
  • Family Change Room
  • Climbing wall
  • Hot Tub
  • Waterslide
  • Party Room & Rental Room
  • Diving Board
  • Viewing Area
  •  State of the art filtration system

How the design was determined

There was much input received by the community as part of a consultation process which involved members of the public and users of the multiplex and existing pool facility.

Along with elected officials appointed to the committee from the Town and County, they comprised a Pool Design Committee which met regularly to determine the future of the project. The sharing of ideas was critical to the facility being successful in both the short and long term. Their work now complete, the Pool Design Committee has now turned over construction of the facility to the two municipalities, project manager, architect, and design build contractors.

The location of the pool is the west side of the Athabasca Regional Multiplex and users will access it through the multiplex facility.


General Information about the Project

The Regional Aquatic & Fitness Centre is being built using a design-build concept. Design-build means both the design and construction take place simultaneously throughout the length of the contract. A design-build contractor leads the project and hires various sub-contractors to build and deliver the finished project.

The design-build contractor is Clark Builders who has put in place a team of contractors to look after all aspects of the pool and fitness centre construction. They meet regularly to discuss progress of the project and ask questions about upcoming phases of work.

A Project Manager has been hired by Athabasca County and the Town of Athabasca to work with the original design group (Group 2) and the general contractor on behalf of the two municipal partners.

The project is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete with construction having started in the middle of August 2017. The ground breaking ceremony took place on August 30.

Project Costs

Construction of the new Regional Aquatic & Fitness Centre will cost $15.2 million to build. The costs of the furnishings and equipment will be in addition to this. While some equipment from the multiplex and pool will be utilized again, a campaign has started to help connect contributors with opportunities to be part of this regional recreation facility. The total cost of this new recreational facility is anticipated to be $17 million.

Athabasca County has agreed to pay for 60% of the project and the Town of Athabasca 40%. The summer villages within the County and the Village of Boyle are considering contributions to the facility.