Council gives final green light for renovations to start

Victoria Road Recreation Centre to close March 31

Guelph, Ont., March 23, 2016 – On Thursday, March 31, Victoria Road Recreation Centre (VRRC) will close to the public for 12 to 15 months while the facility undergoes extensive renovations.

At Monday night’s meeting, Council approved an overall project budget of $15.1 million. The additional $2.5 million to start renovations will come from three areas: tax funded debt ($1,549,300), recreation development charges ($466,400), and the citywide parkland dedication reserve ($500,000).

Staff asked for the additional funding to cover necessary work revealed through the detailed design process such as extensive pool upgrades, parking lot re-pavement, storm water management improvements, deficiencies with existing storm sewers and an undersized water main to the facility, and partial occupancy of the site for arena use.

“The Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation project is more than a makeover. It is a necessary investment that will move the facility from an aging and outdated recreation centre to an updated, more inclusive and accessible community centre,” says Heather Flaherty, acting general manager of Parks and Recreation. VRRC was built in 1974 and opened in 1975.

Recreation programming has been expanded at other City facilities and pools to accommodate the VRRC closure. Lyon Leisure Pool will open earlier in June to offer additional swimming lessons and leisure swims. For a full list of recreation programs offered by the City, visit guelph.ca/guide.

“Overall, the renovation will improve the experience for our patrons and employees through improved accessibility, security, customer service, and new programming,” adds Flaherty.

Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. has been awarded the renovation project and construction is set to start early next month. To learn more about the project and to follow construction updates, visit guelph.ca/vrrcrenovations.

For more information

Heather Flaherty
Acting General Manager
Parks and Recreation
519-822-1260 extension
heather.flaherty@guelph.ca
Mario Petricevic
General Manager
Facilities Management
519-822-1260 extension 2668
mario.petricevic@guelph.ca