Seating solutions and construction updates shared at West Parry Sound Recreation and Cultural Centre Board meeting

The West Parry Sound Recreation and Cultural Centre (WPSRCC) project continues to proceed on budget and on time, with final designs now complete, according to Project Manager Andy Gordon from Gordon and Gordon Group and representatives from CS&P Architects who presented at the April 10 WPSRCC Board meeting.

Preliminary site preparation at 44 Joseph Street, led by Hall Construction, started on March 24 and is scheduled to wrap up by June 2024. Gordon also told the group that they were recently authorized to proceed with 16 contract recommendations, valued at $15.5 million. There are 12 tenders yet to close.

The design team also presented an option to add an additional 20 seats to the gymnasium, in response to public input, noting their proposed solution would not impact project costs, programming needs, or timelines. This would increase total viewing capacity in the gym to 60 seats. Gordon also highlighted that the current plan allows for a total of 114-117 seats in the pool area (natatorium). The public can see the latest renderings in the PDF of their presentation.

CS&P Architects also presented the WPSRCC Board with information about the benefits of installing a Natare pool, instead of a traditional concrete pool, noting while the option is more costly upfront, it offers savings in operating costs through increased efficiency, lower water and energy costs and fewer maintenance demands.

Fundraising Team Chair Mayor Ann MacDiarmid reported on the successes of the White Squall online auction and 2024 Paddling Film Festival on March 23 and Hockey Day in Parry Sound on March 30, hosted by the Rotary Club, noting an impressive turnout at each event. The board congratulates the team on those successes.

Read the agenda for more details or watch a recording of the meeting on the Town of Parry Sound YouTube channel.

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