New Burlington community centre won’t open on time

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Published July 10, 2024 at 2:14 pm

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This is how the finished Skyway Community Centre will look.

The opening of a new community centre in Burlington will happen months later than expected.

The City has confirmed the news pointing to unanticipated delays as the problem at Skyway Community Centre.

Officially, the city has cited “18 straight days of rain in the spring” which first caused a delay in the completion of the roof which then rolled into delays for other trades to carry out their work.

Originally scheduled to open later this year, the new opening date is now slated for the spring of 2025.

“We want to ensure when the building opens to the public that it is fully operational and complete,” a released statement from the city indicates.

A grand opening is now being planned for sometime after winter.

The $40 million structure is located on Kenwood Ave. in the southeast area of the city and is expected to be a hub of neighbourhood activity.

When complete, the facility will be Burlington’s most state-of-the-art public building.

The 47,000-sq.-ft structure will be home to an NHL-sized ice pad with seating, six change rooms complete with washrooms and showers, multi-house program areas with kitchens, and a three-lane indoor walking track among several other amenities.

The surrounding park will see a new baseball diamond with dugouts and seating, accessible pathways, a children’s play area and washrooms.

Here is what has been done so far.

  • Roof is completed
  • Glass had been installed
  • Painting has commenced on the interior walls
  • Doors and frames are being installed
  • Installation of exterior precast and insulated panels ongoing
  • Work is underway to prepare the floor for pouring the concrete rink slab
  • Geothermal work is ongoing
  • Baseball diamond field posts and fences are installed
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