Ontario Construction News staff writer
Officials gathered recently to launch construction of a new multi-use community centre in Oshawa.
The $10 million capital project will be predominantly funded by Development Charges.
“I am so excited to see the collaboration with OSCC55+ and Oshawa Public Libraries on this future multi-use facility,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter.
“We look forward to receiving input from Oshawa residents of all ages, user groups and community stakeholders, including Indigenous communities on facility amenities including a dedicated space.”
Located at the northeast corner of Thornton Road North and the future Britannia Avenue West extension, the facility will give north Oshawa residents closer access to community resources such as the Oshawa Public Libraries and OSCC55+.
The site is approximately 13.39 hectares (33.09 acres) in size. The existing site is currently composed of agricultural fields and hedgerows.
The need for an additional recreation facility was one of several recommendations from the Parks, Recreation, Library and Culture Facility Needs Assessment (P.R.L.C.) approved by council in 2015,
The future facility will include new branches of the OSCC55+ and Oshawa Public Library in addition to facility features that will be determined from upcoming community engagement and input from City Council.
“Oshawa will experience unprecedented growth over the next 20 years. The upcoming multi-purpose recreation and culture centre will come online in the middle stages of development and right where the growth is now happening,” said Councillor Rick Kerr, Chair of the Community Services Committee.