Marys­town rec com­plex plan moves away from ice rink prep work

The Southern Gazette - - SPORTS - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Marys­town Coun­cil should fi­nally have a clear vi­sion for its new re­cre­ation com­plex within the com­ing weeks.

Coun. Dave Brenton, who chairs coun­cil’s com­mit­tee over­see­ing the project, ac­knowl­edged a ma­jor meet­ing with con­sul­tants Shep­pard Case Ar­chi­tects of St. John’s and other part­ners had taken place last Tues­day morn­ing.

“When we meet next time and sit down, we’re hop­ing that we’re go­ing to know if the (YMCA) is in or out, the fi­nal con­cept, num­ber of (swim­ming) lanes, fa­cil­ity, ev­ery­thing we got, ev­ery­thing is on the ta­ble.”

One de­ci­sion was made, though, dur­ing last week’s meet­ing – the earli- er plan to in­clude some ini­tial prepa­ra­tion work for an even­tual ad­di­tion of an ice rink to the fa­cil­ity has been scrapped.

Coun. Brenton in­di­cated coun­cil thought in the be­gin­ning it would have enough fund­ing to “do some work ad­vanc­ing to­wards the arena,” but noted site de­vel­op­ment had “come in right out of whack to do that.”

As a re­sult, the com­mit­tee rec­om­mended sep­a­rat­ing the two build­ings al­to­gether.

“On an on­go­ing ba­sis, we’re only talk­ing about de­vel­op­ment specif­i­cally at­tached to the pool and noth­ing else.”

It was fur­ther clar­i­fied a fit­ness area is to be in­cluded in the fa­cil­ity as well.

It also means the town won’t need to ac­quire any ad­di­tional land for the time be­ing as was thought.

Coun. Brenton re­it­er­ated coun­cil has not given up on build­ing a new ice rink in the same lo­ca­tion in the fu­ture. He ex­plained it has been sug­gested a cor­ri­dor, or some type of link, con­nect­ing two sep­a­rate build­ings re­mains a pos­si­bil­ity.

“We’re not drop­ping (a rink). It’s that do­ing work that would be­long to that project, we can’t find it in (the fund­ing) we got.”

Coun. Brenton ad­mit­ted coun­cil’s orig­i­nal am­bi­tions were lofty.

“It seems like ev­ery time we meet we’re bring­ing them down a bit. Ev­ery­body re­mem­ber what the first goal of all this was – a year-round swim­ming pool. Be­fore this is over, we’re go­ing to have it.”

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