Safety and security upgrades approved for Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex

By rdnewsNOW staff
February 14, 2018 - 6:58am Updated: February 14, 2018 - 12:35pm

Lacombe City Council approved funding this week to improve facility access, increase public security and worker safety at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex.

The Sportsplex had been undergoing renovations over the past three years. The now completed project had an original budget of just over $15.5 million and was completed at a cost of $14.1 million. 

Over the period of the arena renovation, a number of requests for some changes have emerged from user groups, citizens, and Council, totalling $82,705.

The list includes:

Recreation and Culture Board Recommendation (Pool Entrance Security) $55,000

Staff at the pool reception window currently control access to the pool change rooms and the pool.
Pool workload demands do not permit staff to provide constant monitoring of the entrance.
Concerns and complaints related to a lack of security for change rooms have increased.
Control gate options will lead to accurate tracking of patrons entering and leaving the pool and fits with the physical area and will interface with the incoming recreation management software.

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Curling Club Request ( Security Gates) $5,551

Will provide the ability to cordon off unused areas of the facility and will improve security for patrons and user groups.
Installation of security gate curtains (similar to the Lacombe Memorial Centre) will allow staff and user groups to limit access to building areas when not required.
There are occasions when one user group remains in the building because of different functions. 

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Citizen Requests 

Handrails at the Can Pak Arena 1 - $17,028 
Handrails will be installed in the mid-section of the bleachers to provide additional support while navigating the bleachers. 

Tempered Glass - Can Pak Arena - 1 -  $3,160

The new arena lobby on the second floor provides a small platform area suited for use by patrons using mobility devices (walkers and wheelchairs).
A barrier is needed to protect against falls over the railing 
Errant pucks would also be safely managed.
Tempered glass is the recommended treatment.   

Heating - Accessible viewing area - Can Pak Arena 1 - $1,966 

Access to a viewing platform space for patrons using wheelchairs in the arena is provided, but users have expressed concern over the cold.
There are no heating units close to this area.
Installation of electric heaters to the area would increase comfort for patrons.    

"While these items are not provided for in the 2018 budget, they can be easily accommodated through existing borrowing authorizations for the renovation project, especially given the savings we have realized to date,” said Deputy Mayor Chris Ross. 

(Gary McKinnon - The City of Lacombe) 

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