DAWSON CREEK - Residents in the South Peace have overwhelmingly approved the construction of the South Peace Community Multiplex to be built in Dawson Creek. The 21.6 million dollar Multiplex features a new aquatic centre with recreational and competition pools, an event centre with concert seating for 6,500 and an agricultural pavilion with 110 stalls for horses and livestock along with indoor exercise areas. Total area of the building will be 160,000 square feet. Additional amenities will include: an indoor running track, a rock-climbing column, exercise facilities, squash courts and banquet and retail facilities. The project, located on Highway 2 between Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek, is near soccer and baseball facilities and is linked by a walking path with the Fall Fair and Rodeo grounds.
In order for the project to proceed it required a majority support in each of the four areas where the vote was held; the City of Dawson Creek, the Village of Pouce Coupe and the defined portions of Electoral Areas D & E. Voter participation was exceptionally high with 54.6% of the qualified electors in Dawson Creek turning out to vote, 946 of whom registered to vote for the first time. The construction of the Multiplex was approved by 69% of the voters in Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe and Area D. Area E approved the project with 55% of the voters.
"It is great news and a great reward to the many people that have worked so hard for so many months on this proposal," says Wayne Dahlen, Mayor of the City of Dawson Creek. "There is a real buzz in the community about the project and thatís just going to increase over the coming months as we move towards the actual construction."
"It was amazing the way the community rallied behind this project and it was humbling to see so many grass roots people become involved and show the faith they have in the South Peace," says Director Tim Caton, Chair of the Regional District's Project Steering Committee.
Officials will sit down in the coming weeks to develop a schedule for the detailed design phase. It is still very early but it is anticipated that the tender for construction could go out in the fall. Construction would likely start in early 2005 and it would take about 13 to 14 months to build.
For more information, please contact:
- City of Dawson Creek, John Malcolm - 250-784-3614
- Peace River Regional District, Fred Banham - 250-784-3200
- Village of Pouce Coupe, Sandra Wollen - 250-786-5794