Council Selects Stantec Consulting To Design New Pool Facility!

On September 8, Mayor and Council accepted the recommendation of the Community Pool Committee to award Stantec Consulting with the contract to design a new pool facility to replace the Norplex Pool!

We received proposals from 13 different design firms before the RFP closed on July 8. Three evaluation teams were created to tackle the submissions, with each team including a citizen representative from the Community Pool committee’s planning and design team.

Respondents were evaluated based on the experience of their over all firms and the experience/qualifications of their lead personnel. This includes experience specific to our circumstances, including government/municipal projects, aquatic facilities, an working on projects in northern, rural, and remote areas.

The proposals themselves were judged based on their ability to demonstrate:

  • Green design and energy efficiency;
  • Understanding construction challenges in northern/remote areas;
  • Accommodating our wish-list, with the ability to scale the design down depending on budget limitations;
  • Understanding the expectations of our community and stakeholders;
  • Safety compliance;
  • Sound, innovative ideas

The recommendation of administration and the Community Pool Committee is expected to be put forward for approval at the August 24 regular meeting of Council, and the chosen firm will have their first meeting with city administration within a week of being notified that they have won the bid.

What Else is New?

Public fundraising activities are starting to ramp up again after being on hold due to public health orders and responsible social distancing: they have a few exciting ideas lined up for this winter! In the meantime, our team has continued to apply for grants as they become available, and public donations are always welcome!

The City and the Community Pool Committee still hasn’t received word from the federal government regarding the Investing in Canada’s Infrastructure Program grant: earlier in the spring, we received word that large grants will likely not be announced until Fall of 2020, so we hope to hear back soon as September approaches!

The 2020 Health and Leisure Mart Runs September 11 – 12!

After a lot of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, we have some good news: the annual Health and Leisure Mart is going ahead this year on Friday, September 11 (5:00pm to 9:00pm) and Saturday, September 12 (10:00am – 2:00pm), in the TRCC Parking Lot!

Sign up as a club to promote your activities and collect members, or come out and sign up for your favourite winter activities!

The Health and Leisure Mart is open to recreation clubs, sports clubs, health organizations, businesses, service groups, and small crafters.

If your organization would like to get involved, call the Recreation Department at 204- 677-7952, e-mail rec@thompson.ca, or visit the TRCC Front Desk!

You can download the registration forms and guidelines below, and email the filled-out forms to rec@thompson.ca:

Week 5 of Clean Community Month and Extension!

It’s the fifth week of Clean Community Month in Thompson, and this week, we’re in the Southwood area. We’re also encouraging all of our local apartment dwellers to help clean up in their areas!

Send us your photos and the names of your clean-up team for a chance to win a Hub of the North Hoodie, a prize pack from Recycle Everywhere and the Thompson Recycling Center, Two Vale swag bags, and this week’s big prize from Canadian Tire: a set of two EZVIZ Husky Wi-Fi Outdoor Bullet surveillance cameras!

Contest extended by one week!

We’ve had a lot of wet and cold weather during this contest, and we feel that residents didn’t have much time to get out and about on the dry days. Now that it looks like summer is here properly here, we want to make the most of it.

We’re offering up another week of prizes between June 26 and July 3, for a city-wide clean-up. If you see a problem spot *anywhere* in town, clean it up and send us your photos!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

THOMPSON RECYCLING CENTER

RECYCLE EVERYWHERE!

CANADIAN TIRE

AMP INDUSTRIES

NCN THOMPSON BUS

ASSANTE WEALTH MANAGEMENT

Thanks to our participants this week!

Week 4 of Clean Community Month Starts Today!

It’s the fourth week of Clean Community Month in Thompson, and this week, we’re in the Westwood and Burntwood areas!

Send us your photos and the names of your clean-up team for a chance to win a Hub of the North Hoodie, a prize pack from Recycle Everywhere and the Thompson Recycling Center, and this week’s big prize from Canadian Tire: A two-piece CANVAS Beaumount Patio Chair set!

As the wind picks up, it seems like there’s still plenty of litter still blowing into the downtown area. We’re more than happy to accept entries from downtown cleaners as well!


Thank you to our sponsors!

Thompson Recycling Center

Recycle Everywhere!

Canadian Tire

AMP Industries

NCN Thompson Bus

Assante Wealth Management


THANKS TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS THIS WEEK!

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in Week 3: Individuals can’t win the draw a second time, but if you go out to clean up again, other members of your team definitely can! If you didn’t win last week, you can still participate and get a second chance this week!

Week 3 of Clean Community Month Starts Today!

It’s the third week of Clean Community Month in Thompson, and this week, we’re in the Eastwood and Riverside areas!

Send us your photos and the names of your clean-up team for a chance to win a Hub of the North Hoodie, a prize pack from Recycle Everywhere and the Thompson Recycling Center, and this week’s big prize from Canadian Tire: a blue CANVAS Winston Chair, perfect to kick back in during those rainy days this summer (which there seem to be plenty of)!

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in Week 2: Individuals can’t win the draw a second time, but if you go out to clean up again, other members of your team definitely can! If you didn’t win last week, you can still participate and get a second chance this week!

If you need a place to start, the 70 Stretch of Mystery Lake Road definitely need some attention.

As the wind picks up, it seems like there’s still plenty of litter still blowing into the downtown area. We’re more than happy to accept entries from downtown cleaners as well!

Thanks to all of our volunteers this week!

Thanks to everyone who helped clean up our City last week, and everyone who plans to come out in the coming month!

Week 2 of Clean Community Month Starts Today!

It’s the second week of Clean Community Month in Thompson, and this week, we’re in the Juniper and Deerwood areas!

Send us your photos and the names of your clean-up team for a chance to win a Hub of the North Hoodie, a prize pack from Recycle Everywhere and the Thompson Recycling Center, and this week’s big prize from Canadian Tire: A Pelican Flow 94 Stand-up Paddle Board, just in time for the lakes opening up! Just be careful: the water is still pretty cold.

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in Week 1! You guys are awesome! Individuals can’t win the draw a second time, but if you go out to clean up again, other members of your team definitely can!

If you need a place to start, our Comms Officer was out by Rotary Park in Deerwood this morning, and it’s looking a little hairy!

We’re cleaning in Deerwood and Juniper this week!

Thanks to all of our volunteers last week!

Thanks to everyone who helped clean up our City last week, and everyone who plans to come out in the coming month!

Clean Community: Students Clean Up Causeways

For the last two years, friends of the late Dylan and Shane Cripps have gone out on the spring to clean up the boat launch at the Causeways north of Thompson, out of respect for the families who passed away and their community.

The causeways are a gorgeous waterway for paddlers and motor boats alike, and while it’s extremely disappointing to see their condition every spring, we’re proud to see a new generation of Thompsonites volunteering to keep their community and it’s landmarks clean.

We hope to see everyone out this week helping our community look it’s best for the summer! Don’t forget to take part in the City of Thompson’s Clean Community Month! Give back to the community while winning prizes!

https://northernernews.ca/2020/05/20/community-clean-may-22/

Request for Indoor Pool Design Proposals Released

The City of Thompson has officially posted the RFP to design a new indoor swimming facility that will replace the Norplex Pool, following the recommendation of KGS Group that a new facility be constructed.

Firms submitting design proposals will be asked to submit a scale-able design based on key features based on accessibility standards and the Pool survey circulated during the summer of 2019. If all of these features prove more expensive than KGS’s initial estimate, or if fundraising falls short, these features will be scaled back to more basic features. These features include, in no particular order:

  • Lane Tank/Deep End (separate from the Leisure Pool)
  • Leisure Pool/Shallow End
  • Beach Entry (for individuals with physical disabilities)
  • Water Slide
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room
  • Birthday Party Room
  • Stand-alone Splash Pad

The RFP closes on June 12, 2020, after which applicants will be reviewed and selected.

Although COVID-19 has put a damper on a lot of the Community Pool Committee’s fundraising plans, we’re still moving forward with design planning, and continuing to look into grants to help collect the funds required for a new pool.

Brenda Babiuk donated $5000 to the Community Pool Committee during Winterfest 2020.
The Community Pool Committee Received it’s first major private donation from Brenda Babiuk during Winterfest 2020. Babiuk donated $5000 towards the construction of the new pool.

Want to see what other residents said about their desired features?Download the original pool survey results below!

Recreation During COVID-19

While the TRCC is closed, our team at Recreation, Parks, and Culture have been busy using the opportunity to meticulously clean and and maintain the TRCC and our other facilities. Recreation and fitness facilities are not due to re-open for a long time yet, but our aim is to ensure that when we do re-open, our residents feel safe and confident that the facility is ready for use.

Alternate Duties

Staff from Recreation have been working at City Hall and at the Public Works building to help ramp up our sanitation practices indoors.

During the winter, our maintenance team helped supplement snow clearing efforts around town (particularly sidewalks), and as the snow melts, they’re helping Public Works speed up their pothole repairs around town. They’ve also continued to clear the Millennium Trail and the Dog Park to help residents ensure they have a safe outdoor space to have fun while giving each other plenty of room.

TRCC Cleaning and Maintenance

Our staff at the TRCC have been busy taking advantage of the shut-down to polish up the building!

CA Nesbitt and Gordon Beard Arenas

  • Removed ice from the arenas and washed concrete floors;
  • Swept and pressure-washed bleachers;
  • Painted the walls of the CA Nesbitt Main Area;
  • Painted yellow visibility stripes on the CA Nesbitt stairs;
  • Repaired the doors to the CA Nesbitt Arena;
  • Cleaned the Gordon Beard arena boards;
  • Cleaned dressing rooms and disinfected the showers;
  • Replaced benches in Dressing Room 5 with Composite Wood;
  • Scrubbed scuffs and black marks from the dressing room hallways;
Fresh paint on the CA Nesbitt walls…
…The Gordon Beard player’s boxes…
…and the CA Nesbitt stairs!

Bill Comaskey Wellness Center/Fitness Area

  • Deep cleaned and re-arranged equipment in the fitness area;
  • Added three new machines to the fitness area;
  • Cleaned all the light fixtures and ducting;
  • Replaced all burnt out lights;
  • Cleaned all of the windows;
  • Removed tape, gum, and black marks from the Wellness Center floor
One of our more unique additions: the Krankcycle. It’s like a stationary bike for your arms.
A shiny new elliptical.
The S-Force acceleration trainer.

Play Area

Our maintenance team will be cleaning the play area over the next 1-2 weeks, including equipment, floors, walls, ducts, and vents.

There’s an awful lot to scrub down in the play area.

TRCC (In General)

  • Refurbished merchandise display in the TRCC;
  • Steam cleaned all bathrooms and change rooms;
  • Cleaned and buffed the lobby and hallway floors with three coats of wax;
  • Scrubbed and steam-cleaned the entrance floor, and deep-cleaned the carpets;
  • Repaired the grouting in the main entrance;
  • Cleaned and disinfected all garbage cans;
  • Cleaned and disinfected front reception area;
  • Cleaned the front office gate;
  • Cleaned the carpet in the Mary Fenske Board Room;
  • Deep-cleaned our storage areas;
  • Repaired many walls in preparation for painting;
Making those floors shine!
Grout and tile repair in the washrooms.
Thoroughly cleaning those porous surfaces.
We’re really getting into those nooks and crannies in the bathroom.
We’re getting reorganized…
…improving our workflow…
…and really focusing on the details.

We’ve also cleaned up the Southwood and Juniper warm-up shacks to ensure they’re ready for next winter!

Southwood Skating Rink Warm-up Shack
Juniper Skating Rink Warm-up Shack

Re-opening recreation and fitness facilities is part of the Province of Manitoba’s Phase 3 plan, and it’s going to be a while before we reach that point.

In the meantime, our staff are keeping busy, and we’re excited for the day we get to welcome everyone back inside!

If you’re going stir-crazy at home, check out Thompson Rec at Home on Facebook, where our Special Events Coordinator is curating cute and fun activities to keep you and your family busy throughout the week! You can also follow along right here, where we’ll be posting new activities every Wednesday!

Recreation at Home: Treasure Hunt!

It’s Wednesday, and our friends at Recreation have a new challenge for you: an old-fashioned treasure hunt for the kids!
The Spruce has a great write-up with tips, ready-made clues and ideas, and even an

It’s Wednesday, and our friends at Recreation have a new challenge for you: an old-fashioned treasure hunt for the kids!

The Spruce has a great write-up on how to put one together, including tips, pre-made hints, and an adaptation for the great indoors!

Follow our Facebook page Thompson Rec at Home, and send us your photos of your trinkets, treasures, and treasure maps! What will YOU include?

Outdoor Treasure Hunt for Kids – TheSpruce.com

Indoor Treasure Hunt for Kids – TheSpruce.com