The West Parry Sound Recreation and Cultural Centre (WPSRCC) Board addressed several matters at their January 17 meeting, including design concerns raised at the December 12 public information session held at the Stockey Centre.
WPSRCC Board members concurred that insufficient viewing space for the pool is the most pressing criticism of the design to date. Over the last couple of weeks, WPSRCC Steering Committee representatives have been in touch with the design team and requested proposed solutions to address these concerns and cost estimates for implementation. Once this information is received, the WPSRCC Board will consider next steps and fundraising requirements.
Project Manager Andy Gordon, from the Gordon + Gordon Group, also shared a detailed update about construction progress to date and forecasted milestones. The project continues to proceed in line with the MSB-approved budget of $36,373,842. Significant early site preparation work, surveys and studies have been completed with construction activities set to commence at 44 Joseph Street in spring 2024. The team continues to forecast that construction will be completed in winter 2026.
The board conducted other business, including a review of financial statements and heard a fundraising update. They also shared that WPSRCC Board and Steering Committee representatives will meet with the Township of Whitestone as requested to address their concerns about the BDO review on the facility operating model, projected operating costs, and reserve requirements as presented in June 2023.
The next West Parry Sound Recreation and Cultural Centre Board meeting will be in a hybrid format on February 14, 2024. The location is yet to be confirmed.
Read the agenda for more details, including the timelines from the project manager and watch the meeting on the Town of Parry Sound YouTube channel.