On March 19, Jonathan Toews Community Center (JTCC) held an open house to view the conceptual design of its proposed new fieldhouse.
It will be a multi-use indoor sports facility integrated with the existing building complex. The showcase consisted of poster boards displaying different perspectives of the building — one featuring a satellite view of the area; a board with a perspective of the new building(s) attached to the existing building with parking and traffic flow shown; and a board showing similar facilities across the country and the sports they support.
Barry Catt, president of the JTCC board of directors, said there is a high demand in the area for sport facilities other than hockey. The JTCC has been approached by yoga and zumba instructors looking for space to expand classes that are in demand. Older adults have taken to walking the indoor St. Vital Shopping Centre hallways. Barry suggests it is not only the physical activity that draws them to St. Vital Centre but the companionship of like-minded adults.
When asked what benefits community parents would see in this expansion, both Catt and Jeff Penner of Stantec Architecture where quick to point out that viewing areas were being integrated.
The concept designs suggested that the main floor of the facility will have courts to host volleyball, basketball and mini soccer. A raised running and walking track will ring the room.
In order to accommodate the new building, the centre will have to move or eliminate some facilities to make room.
The three outdoor rinks currently at the back of the JTCC will be the site of the new fieldhouse. The plans suggest two outdoor replacement rinks are in the works. The outdoor basketball court between the community centre and the library will be relocated, if required, to make way for an improved pickup and drop-off area. The water park at the back will also have to be moved and entrances and exits to and from Dakota Street will be switched to accommodate vehicle flow.
Catt stressed that the designs were concepts — required for the funding process, but nowhere near final.
This expansion will take advantage of the community’s demand for indoor activities and sports other than hockey, with a focus on the adults in the community.
Sean Conway is a community correspondent for St. Vital.