At their Feb. 4 committee of the whole meeting, New Tecumseth council decided to go with the preferred option for the Beeton Recreation Facility Replacement Project: a new facility to include an ice pad and community centre. It’s also the most expensive, with an estimated price tag of almost $18 million.
The report does not include financing options, other than to note that part of the project will be eligible for funding through development charges.
“Staff will work on long range financial plan for the project and would explore grant opportunities to offset some of the costs of the preferred option including completing the project in two phases over long term and review partnerships with public/private groups,” says the report to council from Khurram Tunio, municipal infrastructure and development general manager.
The current arena in Beeton opened in 1948 and is the oldest facility in New Tecumseth.
The preferred option includes an NHL-size indoor rink along with full change rooms and support features. An indoor multi-purpose community centre will consist of a multi-purpose gymnasium and event space including a stage, storage and coat room. The facility will also include a community kitchen, fitness centre, two multi-purpose rooms, change rooms, showers, canteen, reception area including a warm viewing area and indoor walking track.
On Feb. 12, 2018, council approved the final Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan, which included a feasibility study and business case analysis to determine the requirements for a new facility in Beeton.
A public open house was held on April 30, 2018 to get feedback from residents. A public survey was also conducted online until July 31, 2018. Telephone surveys and interviews were completed by municipal ice-rink users and area community groups, associations, stakeholders, key leaders and interested residents. An overwhelming response supported the project.
Photo: James Fryett Architect rendition of the Beeton recreation facility project.