Gus Hartl

Aldergrove centre named for credit union

The local credit union has sponsored the new centre.

The planned new Aldergrove Recreation Centre will be named after the Aldergrove Credit Union, it was announced Monday.

The credit union made a $250,000 contribution towards the first five years of operation of the pool and ice rink.

“We look forward to the day when the doors open,” said credit union CEO Gus Hartl.

The official name will be Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre.

Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese said the announcement was “another great day for Aldergrove.”

Construction on the project, budgeted at close to $33 million, is expected to start within the next 30 days.

Grant Turnbull of Turnbull Construction Project Managers was on hand, and said they’ve been working on finalizing the design with the Township.

“It’ll be unveiled when it’s completely finalized,” Turnbull said.

A final contractor is expected to be named soon and construction to start shortly.

The design of the pool portion of the project has provoked some controversy, with a rally as recently as last April calling for an indoor pool, and others were upset that the pool is only 25 metres rather than 50.

The Township council has since voted to approve a cover for the pool and a diving area.

The facility will also include a new ice arena, and will replace both the old Aldergrove arena and outdoor pool.

There will also be an outdoor water play area with slides and a current channel, an indoor walking track, and multi-purpose rooms.

The project is slated to open in the spring of 2018. Langley Township council is hoping the new facility in the downtown, at the former Aldergrove Elementary site, will help start the revitalization of the core area along Fraser Highway.

 

 

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