Marystown rec complex plan moves away from ice rink prep work
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.”