- $25-million structure could be finished by fall 2023.
- The entry and lobby will feature a glassed atrium to let natural sunlight.
The objectives agreed for the Simmons Sports Complex:
Final objectives on the $25-million relief for the ageing Simmons Sports Centre have been backed by the Charlottetown council.
Council voted Monday evening to move forward with the plan, which has an NHL-size ice surface, a walking track and a new outdoor pool with available washrooms.
The price will be shared among the federal, regional and municipal governments.
The initial plan was introduced to the public the previous July. At that time, the projected price was $18 million. Coun. Terry Bernard, chair of the city’s parks and recreation committee stated they created some tweaks to the plan after listening to feedback from citizens.
One of the modifications included moving the walking track to the second floor, which released up more space on the ground level for seating, storage and bigger dressing rooms for teams and officials, Bernard stated.
“I’m more than happy.” Source – cbc.ca
The plan permits for up to 600 seats in the stands, and hundreds more in the standing room along the walking track.
The plans also include a warming room, and a canteen and kitchen linked to the meeting room to permit for group functions. The entry and lobby will be in a glassed atrium to let natural sunlight. Teams and viewers using the surrounding sports fields will have entry to external washrooms.
Bernard stated the city will start giving tenders for the building work.
As long as there are no supply chain problems, he anticipates work to start in the spring and complete sometime in the fall of 2023.