Construction on new Oakville recreation and culture complex set to begin
Published June 28, 2022 at 9:54 am
Shovels broke ground Monday (June 27) on a new recreation and culture complex in north Oakville.
The Town of Oakville held a groundbreaking ceremony for the beginning of construction on the new $106.1 million complex which is located just north of Neyagawa Boulevard and Dundas Street.
The community park is set to open in 2023, followed by a community centre and library in 2024.
Mayor Rob Burton, members of Council, and town staff were joined by representatives from Diamond Schmitt Architects, MBTW Group, and Gateman Milloy Inc. to celebrate the milestone.
“Council and I are excited that the next phase of the community park portion of the future community centre, library, and park in north Oakville is beginning and that residents will be able to enjoy the outdoor spaces next year,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.
“We remain committed to delivering the programs, services, and facilities that residents need to live, play and work.”
The expanding community park and outdoor spaces will feature two additional lit sports fields (one with artificial turf), cricket field, skateboard park, bike pump track, splash pad, children’s playground, fieldhouse and washroom facility.
The 65,000-plus square foot multi-use community centre will include aquatic facilities, fitness/active living centre, flexible multi-use space to accommodate seniors, youth and cultural programming and gymnasiums.
The 18,000-plus square foot Oakville Public Library branch will consist of many popular features including work and study spaces (including collaboration spaces), a creation and media zone, reading and conversation areas, children’s spaces, flexible programming spaces as well as public computers / Wi-Fi access.
The community centre and library will connect to the existing Sixteen Mile Sports Complex and will feature flexible, multi-use spaces offering a variety of programs and services for all ages and abilities.
The price tag for the community centre/library is $88.9 million, while it will cost $17.2 million for the park development.
Oakville residents value our parks, community centres and trails.
It was a pleasure to join my Council colleagues at the groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction for our new recreation and culture complex in north Oakville. #Oakville pic.twitter.com/s6YkG5NLaJ
— Rob Burton (@MayorRobBurton) June 27, 2022
The future community centre, library and park in North Oakville will also include accessibility features such as barrier-free parking and vehicle access close to accessible entrances, pathways and wayfinding that will be lit when dark.
Inside the community centre and in the outdoor spaces, all washrooms will have touchless flush valves, faucets, soap dispensers and hand dryers. The pools will have accessible ramp entry.
Following the Town’s climate action efforts, renewable energy technologies and green building standards will be applied, including LEED-certification, net-zero carbon and low-energy design approach, and exploring technology and design (self-tinting electro-chromatic glass, solar walls, sensor-controlled LED lighting and more).
The Town of Oakville is also seeking public input on preferred recreation, culture, and library programs and services planned for the future community centre and library in north Oakville.
Residents are invited to take the short online survey that takes about five minute to complete by July 18 for a chance to win a Town of Oakville prize pack.
Responses will remain strictly confidential and anonymous.
Residents will have the option to provide an email address if they would like to a chance to win a prize pack and receive updates on plans for the new community centre and library coming to north Oakville in 2024.
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