Down to two
Location for Harbour Grace stadium almost determined
After a month with no public updates, the Harbour Grace arena steering committee chair Joey George has announced that the suggested location of the new stadium will be decided by the end of July.
Only a month ago the committee said there were eight potential locations up for consideration, but that number has drastically decreased.
“We are down to two potential sites,” he said during a phone interview with The Compass last week.
All eight unnamed potential sites were graded on an undisclosed list of criteria to avoid public criticisms or bias. That list remains in the hands of the committee.
The physical decisions on the new arena are also still up for discussion as the committee has given a local with a significant athletic background the opportunity to assess the needs of the public.
Carbonear native Stephanie Bourne has been chosen to do the report for new stadium by speaking with different groups and clubs that will be using the facilities when they open.
Bourne, who was manager of the 2012 NL Summer Games in Carbonear and Harbour Grace, has also been visiting other stadium complexes in the region to find out the positive and negative aspects of each facility. The committee will then consider them for the new arena.
Stantec engineering firm — who has been on board the project since it began several months ago — has been doing a physical analysis of the two sites to help determine the specifications and potential for construction of the new building and which would work best, George said.
George and the committee expect the reports to be done in the next week so when the committee meets again more details can be determined.
When they have decided the specifications of the site, the committee will use both reports— Stantec’s and Bourne’s — to suggest one of the two locations as the best option.
All of the information collected will be presented to Harbour Grace town council for approval in late July. It will also need the approval from officials with the provincial government before final approval can be made.
Although the decision has been a lengthy process, George and the committee are still confident the project will still run on schedule. If that proves to be true, a ground breaking ceremony should take place this September.