Groundbreaking ceremony for new community centre held on December 8, 2022

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Architectural rendering of the new community centre

Peterborough, ON – A groundbreaking ceremony to officially mark the start of construction on the new community centre that will include a twin-pad arena and a Peterborough Public Library branch at Lansdowne and Park streets was held on Thursday, December 8, 2022.

The new community centre, which will also include an indoor walking track and multi-use space, is being built on the west side of Morrow Park in Peterborough’s south end. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2024.

When it opens, the new facility will enhance recreational and cultural opportunities in the community, replacing ice/floor pad availability that was lost with the closure of the single-pad Northcrest Arena in April 2020 and replacing the DelaFosse Branch of the Library that was closed in March 2020.

“Our community is working to build our tomorrow together, including investing in community infrastructure and fostering Peterborough as the place to invest, work, live and play. Infrastructure such as this new hub for recreational activities along with a new Peterborough Public Library branch will become part of the life of the residents of our community while also supporting economic activity by attracting regional and provincial events that use our sports facilities,” Mayor Jeff Leal said.

“Today marks the official groundbreaking for the construction of a true community centre for our citizens of all ages. It is a much-needed facility to support the community services that our residents deserve and expect. Peterborough deserves this beautiful facility for our essential physical, mental, and social well-being,” said Councillor Lesley Parnell, Council’s Arenas, Parks and Recreation Portfolio Chair.

“The design reimagines what an arena and library can be, as a gateway to the City and a destination for a diverse range of residents. The plan is composed around a series of pavilion forms for each major use. This helped us create a welcoming civic scale for the building, allowing it to function as both a recreation and learning hub for the community,” Christina Grimes, Project Architect, Perkins + Will, said.

Studies and community consultation had identified an existing need for additional ice/floor time capacity for City recreational facilities users that will continue to grow as the City’s population grows.

Construction started in October 2022. Ball Construction is the lead construction firm on the $65.5-million project. About $37 million of the cost is coming from development charges that are levied on new development in the community to help pay for growth-related infrastructure.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities to support this new community facility are in development. Businesses or corporations are invited to reach out to the City’s corporate sponsorship program to get more information. The City expects to issue an Expression of Interest in the coming weeks that will invite interest from all businesses and highlight some of the key sponsorship and Naming Rights available at this facility.

The project contemplates a second phase in the future that would include the addition of an aquatics complex. The second phase has not been budgeted or approved at this time; however, the project is being designed in order to be ready to proceed with the second phase if funding becomes available.