The West Parry Sound Recreation and Cultural Centre will be built at 44 Joseph Street in Parry Sound, with site preparation scheduled to begin before the year ends.
The West Parry Sound Recreation and Cultural Centre Board confirmed the decision at its November 8 meeting. The property was purchased after extensive due diligence through external consultants, who investigated the original site of 36 Smith Crescent and worked with project leads to determine which location was most cost-effective.
“Conducting this due diligence and finalizing the purchase prevented us from communicating with the public for some time, but we are thrilled to share this positive news with our community,” says Donald Sanderson, Chair of the West Parry Sound Recreation and Cultural Centre Board. “Building this facility at 44 Joseph Street is not only a financially-sound decision but will deliver broad benefits to the community given its proximity to the high school, residential areas and the downtown core.”
Gordon + Gordon Group also presented updated project details at the meeting, noting that all priority features will be included in the Joseph Street build, including a six-lane lap pool, therapy pool, fitness area, multipurpose rooms for social and cultural activities and a 6,500 square-foot gymnasium. They noted that these features, together with the cost to purchase the land, will not exceed the project’s $36.3 million budget.
The team also responded to community feedback recently submitted on the West Parry Sound Recreation and Cultural Centre website in response to the schematic design. The sauna has been removed from the latest version of the design and more storage has been added. They also pointed out that the gym can accommodate to various sports, including pickleball and that they would continue to explore options to allow for more spectators.
The Board also passed a resolution reflecting the Town of Parry Sound’s recent decision to waive standard development and service charges to minimize the overall cost of the project. Board representatives noted that the funding agency ICIP (Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program) must approve of the 44 Joseph Street location, but that preliminary consultations with the organization have been favourable.