SCUGOG: Scugog Councillors were presented with potential options for the future of the Township’s parks, recreation and culture, at a meeting on Monday, December 11th. At the meeting, Jon Hack from Sierra Planning and Management updated council on their progress on the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan for the Township. Mr. Hack gave councillors some options for the future of the Township’s indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, cultural facilities and parkland.
“This plan, if it’s nothing else, is an asset management plan for recreation,” Mr. Hack told Councillors.
Mr. Hack first spoke about the future of the Township’s arenas.
Mr. Hack recommended that the Blackstock Arena be decommissioned, because of its aging infrastructure.
He said because of that fact, and the fact that Blackstock arena is an “undersized facility”, that arena is “not something [the Township] would reinvest in.”
Options for replacing the one pad arena included adding a third ice pad to the Scugog Community Recreation Centre (SCRC) or building a new single pad facility, with capacity for expansion of a second pad, in Blackstock.
Mr. Hack said if the Township chose the latter, they could make it a multi-use facility, by also having the new arena complex house a gymnasium or field house.
Another location option for the possible gymnasium or field house Mr. Hack mentioned, was at the SCRC.
However, on the topic of the gymnasium or field house, Mr. Hack said there is also the option of re-purposing the existing community centre hall. However, he did not recommend that, noting it would not “result in a state of the art space.”
Concerning the possibility of a “municipal standard” indoor pool, Mr. Hack said he saw that as a “long-term aspiration.” The Township is currently looking into partnering with Stockworth Developments, for an indoor pool at their development at 21 Oyler Dr.
Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew questioned what the future of Birdseye Pool in Port Perry is.
“The future of Birdseye Pool obviously hinges on the development of an indoor pool,” Craig Belfry, manager of recreation and culture, responded.
Mr. Belfry also mentioned Birdseye Pool was built in 2001 and would eventually “get to a point where it would need considerable work.”
He said if the Township does decide to have an indoor pool built, he thinks the Township would likely decide to no longer have an outdoor pool.
Regarding baseball diamonds, Mr. Hack said their recommendation is to maintain the current diamonds in the Township and to improve the lighting at all the fields. However, he said, beyond the plan period, as the waterfront plan moves forward, the Township could look at relocating the Joe Fowler Ball diamonds.
Ward 3 Councillor Don Kett said a study should be done to look at what the impact would be on local vendors if the diamonds were moved.
A draft parks, recreation and culture plan is expected to be presented to the public at an open house on January 17th.