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South end recreation centre

City of Guelph

The proposed 150,000-square-foot facility includes two ice rinks, an aquatics complex, seniors’ programming space, multi-purpose gymnasium and meeting rooms.

South end recreation centre tabbed at $59 million

The south end needs a recreation centre, and the best place for it is the South End Community Park behind Bishop Macdonell high school. This is the message in a city staff report to be received by the city’s community and social services committee on June 11.
Staff will be asking city council to endorse the proposed location for the facility and to refer the estimated $59-million cost to the 2015 capital budget process, a news release said. Council will also be asked to direct staff to continue discussions about possible shared space uses with potential partner organizations, it said.
Recommendations are based on a citywide needs assessment and study of existing recreation facilities and programs.“We collaborated with residents and recreational user groups, online and in-person, to determine and develop a plan that best reflects the community’s recreational needs, now and in the future,” executive director of community and social services Derrick Thomson said in the release.
The seven-month study analyzed existing conditions, programs and facilities, identified current priorities and projected recreation needs, and evaluated community-generated ideas. A preferred option with costs and concept drawings was identified and a plan for implementation was created.
The proposed 150,000-square-foot facility includes two ice rinks, an aquatics complex, seniors’ programming space, multi-purpose gymnasium and meeting rooms, the release said.
Following an evaluation of five possible sites, the city-owned property south of Bishop Macdonell high school was identified as the most feasible and cost-effective location for the facility, it said.
Land size and configuration, access to public transit, proximity to other municipal facilities and Guelph’s Official Plan and zoning were all taken into account.
“We think the site will work well and allow for a mix of indoor and outdoor recreation facilities and programming, because it’s close to the high school, South End Community Park and the Larry Pearson ball diamonds,” Thomson said.
Further design work and engagement with community members, stakeholders and user groups will continue into 2015 to finalize the building’s makeup.

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