Burlington’s Skyway Community Centre construction expected to start in October


Published August 2, 2022 at 1:09 pm

The City of Burlington will be taking the next step on the way to making the Skyway Community Centre a reality.

At a special council meeting on Thursday, Aug. 4, it’s expected council will award a $37 million contract to Norlon Builders London Ltd. to build the facility.

According to a staff report, the existing Skyway Arena is a 22,000-sq.-ft. building originally constructed in 1974. Previous staff reports have demonstrated the demand for ice and the community interest in a multipurpose recreational facility in the south east of Burlington.

Council choose to proceed with an enhanced design of Skyway Arena which included an NHL size rink, six dressing rooms, cold and warm viewing areas and two community rooms with a walking track and to be designed and built to be a low carbon facility.

The building permit has been approved and project is scheduled to commence October 1, 2022, provided Council approve the revised project budget and overall financing proposal.

To date, $32.3 million of City funding has been approved towards the community centre and associated park renewal. Based on the City’s prior approved funding to date the project shortfall is $7,113,100.

The plan to make up the shortfall is $2M in tax-supported debt, $4.7M from the infrastructure renewal reserve fund and $403,000 from other budget areas.

“This project incorporates significant service enhancements as requested by the community during the public engagement process,” said the report. “Access to ice and floor sports as well as indoor community rooms and walking track facilities will be critical to serve this area of the city and support its residents.”

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