Coun. Russ Wyatt helped the Park City West Community Centre take some baby steps toward constructing an expansion at the site.
At the East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee meeting on Jan. 21, the Transcona councillor made a motion to collect on $40,000 of a $300,000 commitment made by Waterside Development Company as a condition of its subdivision and rezoning application being approved last summer. At the same time, a condition of the Genstar Development Company’s approval for its subdivision and rezoning required the company to commit $900,000 to the project. Both companies’ applications were to create new communities in the Transcona West area.
Public hearings on both applications were held at the committee’s June 18 meeting. Waterside was also required to set aside $300,000 for developments at Valley Gardens Community Centre, including a splash pad.
The $40,000 will help with creating a business plan for the expansion, which Wyatt expects will need more funding than the $1.2 million already set aside. Wyatt hopes to have the business plan completed within the next few months, and hopes to have construction underway late this year or early next year. Park City West vice-president of administration Ken Mann said it was too early to have a timeline in place, though, and the club will have a better idea when the business plan is complete.
Wyatt and club president Mike Purdy both said the project will be constructed with an eye toward the future, as it will be oriented on the community centre site in such a way that an expansion can be built if necessary.
"We want to get one off the ground, get one going, and then down the road, build upon that," Wyatt said.
Purdy said he anticipates the expansion, which he added plans to house two fields, will be built on the south side of the building, where two of the outdoor hockey rinks currently sit. One of the rinks would be moved to another spot on the site.
The existing centre’s infrastructure will be used to support the expansion as much as possible.
"We would make use of as much of the facility as we can — our existing canteen, our existing dressing rooms," Purdy said. "We may have to accommodate a few more dressing rooms to make it work properly."
The city has been inclined to centralize recreational facilities in recent years, like it did opting to add a third hockey rink to East End Community Club over other proposals, including a pitch to build a facility as Park City West with a rink as the centrepiece.
Purdy said ice rinks are fairly limited as to how they can be used, and the Park City West facility, located at 115 Sanford Fleming Rd., will be able to appeal to a variety of users.
"The main usage may be soccer, but we’ve got some visions of having an indoor track," Purdy said. "Baseball can use it, football can use it, lacrosse — we’ll try to accommodate as many sports as we can, that’s what’s going to make it sustainable."
Purdy said the club plans to apply for funding from the three levels of governments to help make the project a reality, and Mann added the club will look to the corporate community to help out as well.
Though the expansion is referred to in meeting minutes as a dome, Purdy said the club will weigh the pros and cons of several types of buildings and make a determination of what will best serve its needs.
"We can’t pigeon(hole) ourselves into one kind of building at this point and say we’re building a dome," he said.