SQUAMISH, B.C. – More than $11.7 million in funding has been announced to support the retrofit of the public recreation facility in the district of Squamish.
“The Brennan Park Recreation Centre has been at the heart of Squamish since 1977. This deep retrofit project will upgrade a well-loved and well-used community complex into a more accessible, inclusive, and energy-efficient building,” said Patrick Weiler, West Vancouver — Sunshine Coast — Sea to Sky Country MLA, in a statement. “It exemplifies the kind of green infrastructure that creates cleaner and healthier communities and helps us achieve our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 while greatly reducing operating costs.”
The Brennan Park Recreation Centre serves over 65 per cent of Squamish residents once or twice a week, providing a vital social and recreational space for residents and nearby communities.
Officials stated plans to do a deep-energy retrofit will reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 36.6 per cent and greenhouse gas emissions by 294.5 tonnes annually. The retrofit includes the replacement of the HVAC system with energy saving units, electrified heating and insulation upgrades to the ice arena wall and roof.
In addition to these upgrades, accessibility and inclusivity improvements will include the addition of an elevator, automatic entrance doors, adjusted counter heights and gender-neutral washrooms and changerooms. Renovations to the interior will also allow the facility to increase its programming space to meet the needs of Squamish’s growing population.