Construction is now underway on a new multi-use recreational facility at Canadore’s Commerce Court Campus.
The college broke ground on the 85,000-square-foot dome Thursday (June 16) that will support a variety of sports, dry-land training and conditioning all year long.
George Burton, Canadore President and CEO, says the $8.5 million facility has been ten years in the making and was designed in consultation with community user groups.
“We reached out to minor baseball, football, soccer, cricket, basketball, and volleyball because it’ll be a combined dome with turf on one end and hard-court surfaces at the other,” he says. “We’re looking to provide facilities for year-round enjoyment.”
Burton says along with creating advantages for their programs in the School of Sport and Recreation, the facility will allow them to expand their campus health and wellness programs.
It will also be available for community use.
“If ‘John Smith’ wants to come by and use the indoor driving range in March, or wants to play a recreational game of tennis, basketball or volleyball [he can] come on in,” Burton says.
He says it will be “pay for use” and they’ve held discussions with the user groups.
Burton also says no public money is being used on the project.
“This is being funded by Canadore, thanks to some of our efforts we’ve been able to put money aside for this project over the years and today it becomes a reality,” he says.
The new facility is expected to open by September 2023.