Loudon Activity Centre & Boathouse

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We are seeking your feedback on a proposed Activity Centre and Boathouse for Loudon Park, a culmination of many years of effort by several different groups to improve amenities for activities in the park. Please review the three options and then take the survey.

Loudon Park is a busy waterfront park on Long Lake enjoyed by many and is home to the Nanaimo Rowing Club and the Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club. Both clubs offer a variety of rowing and paddling programming for all ages, including lessons, programs and hosting competitions. NCKC has called Long Lake their home since forming in 1988 and the Rowing Club since 1992. Both clubs require improved boat storage and facilities for their club members.

The Park's amenities are also in need of updating, and potential upgrades would also include new and accessible public washrooms, upgraded playground equipment, and improved and accessible waterfront access. Plans for the park also include environmental enhancement, preserving natural areas as much as possible, rehabilitation of riparian vegetation and reforestation, as well as areas to manage storm water. At the same time, utility upgrades will be tied in with the project work and will include - servicing the new building with utilities, as well as replace and relocate approximately 81m of ageing sanitary sewer main that runs through the park.

Through the design process, three options for an activity centre and boathouse have been developed. The proposed facility would be fully accessible, modernize and upgrade existing public washroom facilities, and provide upgraded storage for the various clubs' watercraft and equipment. Universal in all three options is the public accessible washroom areas and the roof structure.

The concept for the structure is a signature re-curved timber-framed roof form from the shape of the waterline on the sides of boats as they move through the water.


OPTION 1:

This option is the final iteration of the design process and incorporates:

  • accessible public washrooms
  • exterior showers for beach and lake users
  • proposed boat storage - the large volume required to accommodate canoes, kayaks and rowing shells is designed to be as transparent as possible and is fully glazed on three sides, accessed through overhead garage doors on the east side, permitting views through the building to the lake beyond.
  • club areas including; administration area, physical training areas and showers, washrooms and support spaces are arranged along a wide 'working corridor' that carries on the approach from the parking areas through the building,
  • A multi-purpose community meeting space overlooking the lake. This space is independently bookable by the general public. This room has a full kitchen and provides storage for tables and chairs to support the various functions.




OPTION 2:

This option is similar in form and layout to Option 1 but with two differences:

The multi-purpose community meeting space has reduced functionality, as the full separate kitchen is replaced by a small in-room kitchenette and the storage area for tables and chairs has been eliminated.

The glazing of the boat storage area is replaced with wire fencing to maintain security, and leaves the area open to the weather. Provisions will be made to permit glazing to be installed at a future date.



OPTION 3:

This option also retains the basic roof and building form but similar to Option 2, the glazing in the boat storage area has been replaced with wire fencing, and the storage area itself has been reduced to the bare minimum required, with no allowance for future growth.

There is also reduced program and function space - the multi-purpose community meeting space and the associated washroom have been eliminated and replaced with an exterior covered patio available to the public.

The training facilities have been reduced, and the associated washrooms and showers eliminated, as well as the entry and lobby space, intended to allow travelling competitors and their support people an interior area to meet and gather.


Both the Flatwater Training Society and the Rotary Club are actively fundraising to continue to contribute up to $100,000 each to the realization of the project.

We are seeking your feedback on a proposed Activity Centre and Boathouse for Loudon Park, a culmination of many years of effort by several different groups to improve amenities for activities in the park. Please review the three options and then take the survey.

Loudon Park is a busy waterfront park on Long Lake enjoyed by many and is home to the Nanaimo Rowing Club and the Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club. Both clubs offer a variety of rowing and paddling programming for all ages, including lessons, programs and hosting competitions. NCKC has called Long Lake their home since forming in 1988 and the Rowing Club since 1992. Both clubs require improved boat storage and facilities for their club members.

The Park's amenities are also in need of updating, and potential upgrades would also include new and accessible public washrooms, upgraded playground equipment, and improved and accessible waterfront access. Plans for the park also include environmental enhancement, preserving natural areas as much as possible, rehabilitation of riparian vegetation and reforestation, as well as areas to manage storm water. At the same time, utility upgrades will be tied in with the project work and will include - servicing the new building with utilities, as well as replace and relocate approximately 81m of ageing sanitary sewer main that runs through the park.

Through the design process, three options for an activity centre and boathouse have been developed. The proposed facility would be fully accessible, modernize and upgrade existing public washroom facilities, and provide upgraded storage for the various clubs' watercraft and equipment. Universal in all three options is the public accessible washroom areas and the roof structure.

The concept for the structure is a signature re-curved timber-framed roof form from the shape of the waterline on the sides of boats as they move through the water.


OPTION 1:

This option is the final iteration of the design process and incorporates:

  • accessible public washrooms
  • exterior showers for beach and lake users
  • proposed boat storage - the large volume required to accommodate canoes, kayaks and rowing shells is designed to be as transparent as possible and is fully glazed on three sides, accessed through overhead garage doors on the east side, permitting views through the building to the lake beyond.
  • club areas including; administration area, physical training areas and showers, washrooms and support spaces are arranged along a wide 'working corridor' that carries on the approach from the parking areas through the building,
  • A multi-purpose community meeting space overlooking the lake. This space is independently bookable by the general public. This room has a full kitchen and provides storage for tables and chairs to support the various functions.




OPTION 2:

This option is similar in form and layout to Option 1 but with two differences:

The multi-purpose community meeting space has reduced functionality, as the full separate kitchen is replaced by a small in-room kitchenette and the storage area for tables and chairs has been eliminated.

The glazing of the boat storage area is replaced with wire fencing to maintain security, and leaves the area open to the weather. Provisions will be made to permit glazing to be installed at a future date.



OPTION 3:

This option also retains the basic roof and building form but similar to Option 2, the glazing in the boat storage area has been replaced with wire fencing, and the storage area itself has been reduced to the bare minimum required, with no allowance for future growth.

There is also reduced program and function space - the multi-purpose community meeting space and the associated washroom have been eliminated and replaced with an exterior covered patio available to the public.

The training facilities have been reduced, and the associated washrooms and showers eliminated, as well as the entry and lobby space, intended to allow travelling competitors and their support people an interior area to meet and gather.


Both the Flatwater Training Society and the Rotary Club are actively fundraising to continue to contribute up to $100,000 each to the realization of the project.

Questions and Answers

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    Why is the accessible fishing dock being moved? According to a bathmetry map of Long Lake, the new location is in water less than 10 ft. The current location is on a steep drop off down to about 30 ft, where trout are more likely to be found. Can the City keep the fishing dock in its current location?

    LCF_1919 asked 29 days ago

    Thanks for your questions. The illustrations are for conceptual purposes only. The fishing dock can remain in the area it is currently in.

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    It is stated that the Rotary Club and Flatwater Training Society are fundraising to contribute to the cost of this facility. How much has currently been spent on design and consultation for this project? What is the projected price tag at completion, and who's paying the remainder? A donation of up to $200,000 from the interest groups is hardly representative of the proportion of this facility that would be exclusively for the private user groups. Who would manage the Multipurpose Community Room, and what guarantees are there that this small part of the building would actually be available to the public? This is a very busy public park that already suffers from lack of parking and congestion. Is there a plan to expand parking?

    JK asked about 1 month ago

    How much has currently been spent on design and consultation for this project? Design for structure and Park redevelopment budget is $160-170K

    What is the projected price tag at completion, and who's paying the remainder? The 2 community groups have committed to $100K each at minimum as contributions, but both groups are planning and have started to fundraise for the project. The remainder would be covered by various types of City funds and grant applications that will be applied for by all 3 parties to hopefully offset the overall cost.

    Current estimates for the new facility, park redevelopment, new dock, and new playground is $5M. This is a Class D estimate as final designs will not be completed until after the results of the survey have been tabulated and shared with Mayor and Council and the community so that a final decision can be made.

    Who would manage the Multipurpose Community Room? The City would manage the booking of the room as per all other bookable spaces in its inventory.

    Is there a plan to expand parking? There is no plan to expand parking at this point except for some additional accessible stalls closer to the facility.

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    I understand that some of the other lakes in the region have had sand added to their beach and water areas. Will this be done here? Is there any plan to do anything with the boat launch?

    Allen asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for your questions. Sand is added every year to the beach and will continue to be added on a yearly basis. 

    The Boat launch is a BC Highways facility. As far as we know, the Ministry has no plans at this point to improve it. 

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    I understand the importance for a new Activity Centre and Boathouse for Loudon Park. I would like to put forward that this is also for the public for families to enjoy the swimming and beach time.. I do not see any picnic tables or a covered area for shad for families to enjoy a picnic area that would be coved other than option 3 that has an exterior covered patio available to the public. If I chose option 1 witch makes sense for the long run for the kayaks and rowing club, as it will only grow in time.… Option 3 will not do this, but is the only one with covered area for shad for families to enjoy a picnic area with coverage from the sun. I’m wondering what is the plan for having picnic tables, or even having a covered picnic area that is not attached to the activity Centre and Boathouse. Could you please respond so I can try and make a decision? Thanks

    Mitch asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for the email, Mitch. We really appreciate you taking the time to fill out a survey response. Apologies for there not being anything on the plans that indicates where the picnic tables and benches will be.

     The playground is also getting replaced as part of the overall project and will influence where the benches and tables go.

     There will still be plenty of shaded areas amongst the trees where there will be benches and tables for people to enjoy.

     Your idea of a shade shelter will be passed onto on to the project team for consideration.

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    Why spend so much money on an expensive roof ? When that money could be used on much needed storage space and walls for the storage area making the boat storage more secure , there have been a lot of thefts of boats through the chain link fence !

    Carol asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for the question!  As part of the building permit process, the design will be reviewed by the Design Advisory Panel.  On previous projects for municipal buildings, staff understand that there would be a requirement to consider aesthetics in the design and a simple square box would not get approval.  Accounting for this, the architects have developed a form and character for the proposed structure that is intended to compliment the park with timber features that integrate with the building's surroundings including the trees and natural area of the park. The curved roof design is intended to invoke the movement of the water on a side of a boat as it moves through the water.  

    The security of the boats in the storage area has been considered in all options that are presented.  Hope that answers your question.  

    Loudon Park Project Team

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