Grant application for new Blackstock Community Centre approved for submission

Posted On Tuesday November 05, 2019

In a decision on Monday, November 4 – Scugog Council, voted to move forward an application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) - Community, Culture and Recreation to replace the 82 year old Blackstock Arena and provide additional community facilities for Scugog.

The Blackstock Arena is an undersized, substandard and consequently under-utilized single-pad arena that began as an outdoor rink in 1937, with refrigeration equipment added in 1977, and a foyer, linkage to the adjacent community hall, dressing rooms and basement mechanical room added in 1988. It is estimated that the capital cost to maintain the arena in its current state is $4.65 million, with a portion of the cost attributed to replacing the Freon-based refrigeration system, which will no longer be available after 2020. 

The 2007 and 2018 Recreation and Culture Master Plans recommended that the Blackstock Recreation Complex be one of two culture, recreation and community hubs serving the Township. Replacing the obsolete arena and adding a number of complementary indoor and outdoor facilities to further establish the role of this facility and park as a community hub. The 2018 Master Plan further recommended consideration of at least a gymnasium or field house facility and multipurpose rooms as potential complementary components.

Public consultation has been a part of the master plan process taking feedback from various area user groups and clubs. This fall, a public workshop was also hosted to gain feedback on the new recreation hub. Over 90 residents attended and provided input regarding the facility. Some of the ideas from the workshop included:

  • Improved ice surface and dressing rooms
  • Indoor walking track
  • Multi-purpose room for clubs, programs and exercise classes
  • Gymnasium

“Looking at Scugog as a whole, we have to consider the many needs of all our residents”, said Scugog Mayor Bobbie Drew. “As a municipality we are in the business of providing services that are affordable and promote healthy lifestyle offerings that enhance the quality of life for the community on a whole”.

The funding application is due by November 12 and if successful, Scugog could see up to 73% of the project funded. In addition to the funding, the Township will make use of Development Charges (DC) as well as community fundraising to make up the difference in the costs for design and construction. An award announcement is expected from the Federal Government spring/summer 2020.

 

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Media Contact: Lori Bowers, Manager of Communications & Strategic Initiatives, Township of Scugog
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