To keep the Kincardine community posted on what's happening with the
proposed new gymnasium in Kincardine, recreation director Karen
Kieffer and councillor Kenneth Craig provided an update last week.
The $3-million project is to be attached to the east side of the
Davidson Centre, with $2 million in funding provided by the
provincial and federal governments, through the Recreation in Canada
(RINC) program. Besides the new gymnasium, the project will include
arena dressing rooms, storage areas and a warm viewing area.
"A group of people involved in setting the foundation for this
project, went on a road trip to Stratford and Milverton to check out
the facilities there," said Craig. "We looked at what works well and
what needs to be changed, specifically for Kincardine. We saw many
things we liked; we were particularly impressed by the walking track
which is part of the Stratford complex. We could possibly look at
encircling the gymnasium here which would be great for the winter
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Craig said the project is still with the working group. "We're
beginning the process of developing requests for proposals," he
said, "where we invite architects to come forward to present their
expertise so we can narrow the field down to half a dozen architects
to interview." The architect takes the lead in design and
construction of the building.
Kieffer said the completion date is March, 2011.
"But in the scope of the whole project, that's next week," said
Craig. "This is a huge undertaking. The project is on a tight
schedule already so we have to keep moving forward aggressively."