Construction to begin on the new community centre

full bike rack

rendering of exterior of new community centre

Peterborough, ON - Construction on the new community centre that will include a twin-pad arena and Peterborough Public Library branch will start within the next two weeks at the southeast corner of Lansdowne and Park streets.

The recreational hub in Morrow Park will also include an indoor walking track and multi-purpose spaces. The design also prepares for Phase 2 of the project, which is not currently budgeted or approved, for an aquatic centre that would add an indoor pool to the facility for both community and competitive uses.

Construction is anticipated to be completed by fall 2024.

"Our new community centre is a much-needed project anticipated by many community members with multiple uses included for all ages. A major silver lining is the addition of a new library branch to replace the outdated DelaFosse building. All conveniently located as a hub for local citizens and sports tourism,” said Councillor Lesley Parnell, chair of the Arenas, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

”This project is essential and long overdue. While the path to get to this point has been challenging, it has also presented new opportunities. Adding a Peterborough Public Library branch to the facility enhances its role as a hub for the broader community,” Mayor Diane Therrien said.

Activity on the site this fall by Ball Construction, the project general contractor, is expected to include staging of equipment and materials, erecting of fencing around the work area, tree protection, site preparation work, and in-ground construction for the community centre.

City Council approved the location for the new community centre in July 2021. The project has been through several stages of studies, community engagement, and approvals over several years. The project webpage, connectptbo.ca/arenaandaquaticscomplex, provides project documents and a Question-and-Answer tool to allow residents to submit questions and have responses posted.

A planned reconstruction of a section of Lansdowne Street West that runs next to Morrow Park is being timed to align with the construction of the new community centre.

Sponsorship and naming rights opportunities are available at Peterborough’s new twin-pad arena and community recreation complex. Contact Scott Elliott, Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator, at 705-742-7777 ext. 1879 for details.