OVER 20 YEARS of COMMITMENT!
Originally created in 1995, the Society evolved to become the West Coast Multiplex Society
and was registered as a charitable organization in 2008.
The Society’s objective is to develop a regional recreational facility to serve
multi-generational families and to meet the growing needs of our 8 west coast communities.
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|May 1995||Registration of the Long Beach Arena Society.||Legally form a Society.|
|2001||First meeting with Mayors of Ucluelet & Tofino, ACRD, Geoff and Russ Courtnall, Chambers of Commerce, Recreation commissions, Indigenous Leaders, and others.||Discuss the option of a rink on our west coast.
|2001||Representatives from each of the eight communities, Chambers of Commerce, and others joins the Long Beach Arena Society.||Gather members of all communities to work on the project.|
|Sep 2001||First Annual Stick in the Mud golf tournament, which ran strong for 13 years.||Community outreach and fundraising.|
|2003||ACRD agreed to investigate into providing land on the Airport lands for a recreation facility.||Secure land for the future project.|
|2004||First preliminary feasibility study by DNA (David Nairne & Associates) including land use plan of current location on Airport Rd.||Receive information on the community’s interest for a multiplex project and if viable.|
|Jul 2007||Feasibility study by Nairne & Associates for aquatic centre and arena (RFP).||Work Plan proposed to structure process; next step is to develop a Business Plan.|
|Feb 2008||Changed name to West Coast Multiplex Society.||Better reflect the purpose of the society.|
|Sep 2008||Business Plan by Recreation Excellence & Project Capital Costs by Vic Davies Architecture (RFP).||Create conceptual design of a multi use facility as well as estimate capital construction costs and annual operation costs.|
|Dec 2008||Received our first CBT grant.||Include covering cost of report necessary to obtain additional funding for additional reports.|
|May 2008||Registration as a Charity.||Be able to write tax receipts for donations.|
|July 2009||Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the 8 surrounding coastal communities.||All eight communities agreed to commit their ongoing support for developing the West Coast Recreation Centre.|
|Nov 2009||Olympic torch relay rolls into the communities and official MOU signing ceremony.||To celebrate locally the upcoming Olympics to Vancouver and our communities agreeing and supporting the Multiplex project.|
|2009/2010||Application into Kraft Hockeyville – Grant.||Hoping to receive grant to support our project.|
|July 2010||Created and presented new logo.||Better represent the society new name.|
|2009/2010||Largest fundraiser for the Multiplex; draw to giveaway a truck, boat, and quad.||Community outreach and fundraising.|
|Sept 2010||3-day Community Design Charrette on Multiplex facilities by WCMS & consultants as well as open discussions of various facility plans.||Public consultation and discussions to seek inputs for design, planning, model suggestions and plans to date.|
|Dec 2010||Preliminary Design & Construction Services Report by VVI Construction Ltd.||Determine preliminary costs of project including arena and pool.|
|2010/2011||First skate and swim trips.||Offer the experience of skating and swimming to the members of our communities.|
|Dec 2011||Survey of community interest in Multiplex (including pools & ice sheet arena) on west coast by VIU hired by ACRD.||Report concluded Multiplex project could have a positive impact on the community.|
Early 2012, the project was determined too big to achieve all at once and was divided in phases: Phase 1: Arena, Phase 2: Pool & potential Phase 3.
|July 2012||First Annual Saltwater Classic Fundraiser Fishing Derby volunteer participation and beneficiary.||Community outreach and fundraising.|
|Aug 2012||Conceptual Site Servicing Plan & Budget by McGill Associates Engineering Ltd.||Determine preliminary site servicing activities and costs (previous location). The location for the Multiplex has moved since.|
|Aug 2012||Update Design & Project budget for Phase 1 – Arena by VVI Construction, in consultation with CEI Architecture.||Update report for Multiplex project with only Phase 1 – Arena. Phase 2 – Pool to be subsequent project.|
|2012||Letter from ACRD showing Analysis of Gold River and Port McNeill Arena Costs.||Estimate annual operating budget based on similar size facilities to determine amount requested in referendum question.|
|Aug 2012||Letter from ACRD stating bylaw procedures to establish a service for the operation of the Multiplex facility.||Moving forward with bylaw procedures and referendum question.|
|Nov 2012||Host open houses through out our communities. Poster.||Inform community members on Multiplex project and referendum question.|
|Nov 2012||Referendum within Districts of Ucluelet, Tofino & Area C Long Beach conducted by ACRD. Annual grants may also be available to reduce operating and maintenance costs. WCMS deemed responsible for raising all capital costs through fundraising.||Referendum successful 63% – confirmed to recover a portion of the proposed multiplex operating costs from regional property taxes (only if needed); greater of $450 000 or $0.335 per $1000 tax value, to start one year after facility is operating.|
|July 2013||Renew & Re-sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from 2009.||All eight communities agreed to the Multiplex location and funding proposals.|
|Sept 2014||First Annual West Coast Multiplex Scramble fundraiser golf tournament, taking over from the Annual Stick in the Mud golf tournament.||Community outreach and fundraising.|
|Aug 2015||Geotechnical work done on all possible areas completed by Lewkowich Engineering.||Based on geotechnical report, confirmation of land to be safe for intended use.|
|Jan 2016||ACRD & TFN (WCMS) MOU. TFN to acquire $100 000 grant to see completion of a detailed Business Plan & Design Report for Phase 1 (preliminary design/construction cost estimate).||The Business Plan & Design Report will be used by the WCMS to fundraise and apply for grants for the capital costs of phase 1.|
Apr 2016 – Secured present location on ACRD land for future multiplex: On Airport Road, just before the airport. Over many years, ACRD investigated a few sites on their land and this one to be the best location.
|Apr 2016||Letter from ACRD that confirms best location and make location available for proposed multiplex facility.||Secure land for multiplex at the Long Beach Airport road.|
|Sept 2016||Approve to hire Recreation Excellence to update Business Plan & estimate costs.||Already familiar with project and region as completed 2008 Business Plan.|
|Dec 2016||Update Business Plan & Estimate capital and operational costs by Recreation Excellence, based on existing projects.||Explore feasibility of Phase 1 – Arena: use, programming, operational costs & preliminary capital cost.|
|Jan 2017||West Coast committee approved process to undertake Design Report & directed ACRD to complete a community survey update on regional support.||Obtain Phase 1 – Arena refine project planning & capital costing (Design Report) as well as update status on regional support for project.|
|Feb 2017||Toquaht Nation agreed to support the project and provide operating funds for the multiplex service as administered through ACRD.||Toquaht Nation joins Districts of Ucluelet, Tofino & Area C Long Beach with providing possible operating funds if needed.|
|Apr 2017||Design Report by Vic Davies Architecture based on construction costs. (RFP)||Develop schematic design for Phase 1- Arena and verify anticipated capital costs.|
|May 2017||ACRD staff and WCMS representatives met with Yuulu?it?ath government executive.||Provide an update and invite them to join the project administered through ACRD.|
|Nov 2017||Survey of community support for Phase 1: Arena portion of project by VIU hired by ACRD.||Update status on community support for Phase 1 – Arena project.|
|Oct 2018||Campaign Feasibility Study Report by Global Philanthropic Inc.||Provide information and recommendations on potential community capital funding campaign.|
|Feb 2019 & Oct 2020||TFN (WCMS) applied for capital grant.||Cover most capital costs of Phase 1 – Arena; did not receive funding from both intakes.|
Archived plans (2012 and previous)
- Preliminary Site Services Costs (2012) – previous site
- Rendering 1
- Rendering 2
- Rendering 3
- Rendering 4
- West Coast Arena Detail
- West Coast Arena Executive Summary