It’s al­ways Sum­mer un­der the Dome

The Glengarry News - - New Year's Resolution -

Weather is never an is­sue for users of the Tim Hor­tons Dome in Alexan­dria.

In fact, many would say that it is Sum­mer all year long at the fa­cil­i­ties sit­u­ated at 202 St. Ge­orge St.

Multi-use, year-round in­stal­la­tions such as the in­door sports com­plex are rarely found in small com­mu­ni­ties.

Con­structed in late 2010, the Dome houses a soc­cer field, walk­ing track and ten­nis courts and al­lows res­i­dents to take ad­van­tage of the health ben­e­fits of car­dio­vas­cu­lar ex­er­cise, re­gard­less of the con­di­tions out­doors.

The project was par­tially funded by the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments, the town­ship and a con­sid­er­able amount of lo­cal fund-rais­ing. The struc­ture, owned by North Glen­garry Town­ship, also houses the club­house of the Glen­garry Soc­cer League (GSL).

Soc­cer, lawn bowl­ing, ten­nis and var­i­ous spe­cial events take place in the fa­cil­ity that fea­tures a 200-me­tre rub­ber­ized sur­face walk­ing track and a 90' x 180' rub­ber­ized in­door soc­cer field. With the ad­di­tion of an in­door golf range in early March 2013, the fa­cil­ity is ready to pro­vide year-round recre­ation ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages. Pub­lic skat­ing, most of it free to fam­i­lies of all ages, is hosted in the Glen­garry Sports Palace (GSP) in Alexan­dria and the Maxville & District Sports Com­plex in Maxville from Septem­ber to April.

Maxville & District Sports Com­plex

The Maxville & District Sports Com­plex of­fi­cially opened in May of 1978. The build­ing was fi­nanced through a fund rais­ing drive which com­bined dona­tions and grants from lo­cal gov­ern­ments, ser­vice clubs, and other com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions. Re­puted to be one of the best ice sur­faces in East­ern On­tario, the in­door arena has an ice sur­face that is NHL reg­u­la­tion size. The build­ing was of­fi­cially named the Osie F. Vil­leneuve Arena to com­mem­o­rate his hard work in se­cur­ing funds from the On­tario gov­ern­ment. Be­sides pub­lic skat­ing, the arena of­fers both adult and youth hockey pro­grams and leagues. The fa­cil­ity is also avail­able for cor­po­rate events, con­ven­tions, an­nual as­so­ci­a­tion meet­ings, trade shows, auc­tions, re­cep­tions and par­ties.

Glen­garry Sports Palace

Opened in 1976, the Glen­garry Sports Palace (GSP) is a multi-pur­pose, com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity hous­ing the Alexan­dria branch of the SD&G County Li­brary, a com­mu­nity hall, two base­ball di­a­monds, a soc­cer field and the Billy Geb­bie Arena. Through­out the hockey sea­son, the arena is alive al­most around the clock.

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