50-year-old Mississauga community centre will get new pool and massive facelift


Published May 9, 2022 at 12:27 pm

50-year-old Mississauga community centre will get new pool and massive facelift
A sketch of what the renovated Carmen Corbasson Community Centre will look like when completed. (Image: City of Mississauga)

A new, state-of-the-art aquatics centre and improvements to the hockey arena are just a couple of projects on tap as the Carmen Corbasson Community Centre in south Mississauga receives a significant facelift and other much-needed improvements starting this summer.

The Cawthra Rd. facility, which was built 50 years ago in 1972 and is located just south of the QEW, will close on June 20 and construction will begin the first week of July, City of Mississauga officials say.

The community centre, one of several across the city undergoing major renovations to combat the shortcomings brought about by age, will remain closed for two years.

It’s scheduled to reopen in fall 2024.

The $40-million project includes renovating and building a new addition that will improve the quality of recreation services, implementing higher accessibility and green building standards to improve energy efficiency and savings, and reducing the City’s carbon footprint, the City said in a news release.

“The Carmen Corbasson Community Centre has been a staple in the Ward 1 community for more than 40 years,” said Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko, who represents the area. “It’s exciting to see the vision for this beloved facility become a reality as the renovation begins. This eagerly-anticipated project will enhance the quality of life for local residents by allowing the opportunity for more programming and improved access and safety, while raising the bar on sustainability and green building standards.”

Once completed, the renovated facility will include:

  • a fitness centre with cardio machines, weights and fitness studio with wood sprung floor
  • a new aquatics centre with a 25-metre, six-lane pool and a warm water therapy pool
  • a new multi-purpose space
  • enhancements to existing multi-purpose spaces
  • renovations to the indoor arena
  • improved connections to the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre
  • improved sustainable and accessible design standards

The redevelopment was recommended and approved as part of the City’s 2019 Recreation Master Plan.

The facility underwent an extensive renovation about 20 years ago, said Kristina Zietsma, Mississauga’s director of recreation.

“This much-needed redevelopment project is addressing aging infrastructure and will also offer much more in the way of services, programs and activities for Ward 1 and beyond,” said Zietsma.

Although the facility closure is scheduled for June 20, many services will continue to be available at community facilities across Mississauga, officials note.

All aquatic programming at Cawthra Park Secondary School will continue as normal through the redevelopment, and the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre will remain open.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie said renovations at the Carmen Corbasson facility and other community centres show the City is “committed to improving facility sustainability, accessibility and safety features while also providing the top-quality programming that the City of Mississauga has become known for.”

Check out more images of what the renovated facility will look like when completed.

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