PHOTOS: 50-year-old community centre in Mississauga gets massive overhaul

By

Published January 4, 2024 at 10:56 am

Carmen Corbasson Community Centre renovations update January 2024
Work continues on renovations at the Carmen Corbasson Community Centre. Shown here is work to date on the new aquatics centre. (Photo: City of Mississauga)

A new state-of-the-art aquatics facility is beginning to take early shape at a community centre in Mississauga’s south end that’s undergoing a $40-million overhaul.

Mississauga officials overseeing major renovations to the 52-year-old Carmen Corbasson Community Centre reported in an online project update on Wednesday that significant progress is being made on what will be the key component of the revamped facility — a new aquatics centre that’ll feature a 25-metre, six-lane pool.

“The redevelopment at Carmen Corbasson Community Centre will see enhanced recreational services for the community and bring greater accessibility and green building standards,” City of Mississauga officials said in a social media post.

The hockey arena is also receiving significant upgrades in addition to other areas of the community centre as part of the major facelift.

Ongoing work at the new aquatics centre. (All photos: City of Mississauga)

The Cawthra Road facility, which was built in 1972 and is located just south of the QEW, closed to the public in September 2022, with construction starting soon thereafter.

It’s expected to reopen in fall 2024, officials say.

The community centre is one of several across the city undergoing major renovations to combat the shortcomings brought about by age.

The city says the $40-million Carmen Corbasson Community Centre redevelopment project “includes the renovation of existing infrastructure to address population growth and changing demographics in the area. It will also include the construction of a new addition that will feature an aquatics and fitness centre. The addition will be connected to the southeast side of the existing building, which will provide the indoor aquatics centre with spectacular views of the neighbouring woodlot.”

The swimming pool area of the new facility.

Ward 1 Coun. Stephen Dasko said earlier that the community centre “has been a staple in the Ward 1 community for more than 40 years” and that 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.”

Rendering of a renovated Carmen Corbasson Community Centre. (Image: City of Mississauga)

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
  • improvements to the hockey arena

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

The facility underwent an extensive renovation about 22 years ago, city officials said earlier.

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

insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising