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.

  • There are 3 design options for the Loudon Activity Centre and Boathouse.  Please review the materials provided before completing the survey.  Survey data will be collected and analyzed and provided to Council for a final decision.  

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