Victoria, BC– Salt Spring Island’s Rainbow Road Indoor Pool (RRIP) operating contract is up for renewal March 31, 2018. The Capital Regional District (CRD) will be taking over the operation of the facility in order to provide additional programing and increase operating hours.
“Changes to the operating contract at the RRIP will allow us to increase access to recreation opportunities while keeping costs down,” said Wayne McIntyre, Director of the Salt Spring Island Electoral Area. “We will also see additional job opportunities on Salt Spring Island for youth and adults and hope to see an increase in aquatic and recreation program participation by the whole community.”
The operating contract has been held by an off-island private contractor since opening in 2008. At the time, outsourcing was viewed as a less expensive and lower financial risk option for the start-up of a new facility. However, an opportunity exists to decrease operating costs long term, while improving service offerings by moving away from a “fee for service” contract model that no longer offers the Salt Spring Island community the best value. Under the new model, RRIP will increase operating hours and recreational programs.
The increased service level will begin in April 2018 and will include:
- Additional full-time, part-time and auxiliary positions at competitive salaries
- The addition of 8 weekly hours including opening on Saturdays
- Additional weekly aquatic fitness, leadership and swim lesson program offerings
The CRD and the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission would like to thank Recreation Excellence for the past ten years under two service contracts and for providing aquatic programs and services to the community of Salt Spring Island. We invite the community to review the full business case, April 2018 pool schedule or job opportunities by visiting www.crd.bc.ca/ssi-pool.
The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Dan Ovington, Manager
Salt Spring Island Recreation