The Town of East Gwillimbury has awarded the contract for construction of the Health and Active Living Plaza to Aquicon Construction Co. Ltd.
Construction of the 85,000 sq. ft. facility in Queensville, near Leslie Street and Jim Mortson Drive, will last about 26 months and is scheduled to begin in October 2022.
The Health and Active Living Plaza was first contemplated in the 2010 council-approved parks and recreation master plan and opening was planned to align with the town’s projected population of 40,000.
With the support of the development community, the 16-acre site was conveyed to the town in 2016, and development charges will be used to pay for construction of the facility, at no cost to the taxpayer.
The cost to build the facility is $76.5 million. Construction of a park and surrounding open spaces will be planned for and initiated when the Health and Active Living Plaza is nearing completion.
The development plaza will feature industry leading environmental design, an aquatics centre, a new library branch, maker space and sound studio, gymnasium with a walk/run track, fitness space, program spaces with a teaching kitchen, and an interior boardwalk with public art.
Organizations including the Regional Municipality of York, York Regional Police, York Region District School Board, York Catholic District School Board, and a number of sports associations, the Health and Active Living Plaza will offer complementary services for the community at the new site.