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Thompson Regional Aquatic Centre

An artist's rendition of the exterior of the planned Thompson Regional Aquatic Centre.

Thompson Regional Aquatic Centre getting started this construction season

City council awarded the construction contract for the new Thompson Regional Aquatic Centre at a special meeting on April 17, setting the stage for site preparation work to begin as soon as late May.

Council unanimously approved Penn-Co Construction Canada as the prime contractor for construction of a new pool next to the Thompson Regional Community Centre. 

All of council also approved a contribution agreement that will see the City of Thompson receive an additional $5 million of provincial government funding toward construction costs. Council also unanimously authorized Stantec Architecture, which designed the new aquatic centre, to oversee construction on the City’s behalf.

Penn-Co anticipates work on the Thompson Regional Aquatic Centre project beginning May 1, with site setup starting by the middle of next month and site preparations getting underway a week or two later.

“Those of us on council and Thompson residents as a whole have been waiting for this day for a long time and I am thrilled that construction of the Thompson Regional Aquatic Centre is set to move ahead,” said Mayor Colleen Smook.

Construction of the new aquatic centre, which will have a six-lane, 25-metre pool with one accessible lane, as well as a beach-entry recreational pool and a sauna, is expected to take two years.

The City will continue fundraising to help offset the construction price of approximately $42.6 million. Existing funding will be used to cover initial costs, supported by short-term borrowing if necessary, with a final borrowing by-law to cover any remaining costs upon completion of construction.

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