Final plans for Lifestyle Complex unveiled

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – Residents wanting to get up close and personal with plans for the new Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough had their opportunity last Thursday, April 27. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough held an open house at the Municipal Building to share its final plans for the recreational and social complex -- a $10.92 million facility to include a 17,000 square foot community centre, artificial turf soccer field and four-lane track, refrigerated outdoor shinny rink and a 1,000 foot refrigerated skating trail.

The municipality awarded a $600,000 contract to Catalyst Consulting Engineers earlier this year to have the facility designed and engineered. The lead architects are Architecture 49 out of Halifax.

Warden Vernon Pitts told The Journal that local residents have been asking for a new recreation and social facility for 15-plus years. In developing plans for the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex, MODG consulted with GOALS, SRSB, the local athletic association and numerous other organizations to gauge if they were willing to get involved. GOALS will be housed in the new complex and the facility will provide many opportunities for athletic and recreational activities.

The municipality welcomed the recent announcement that recreational infrastructure is now eligible under the Building Canada Fund. This Federal program has the potential to assist with capital costs in the construction of the facility.

“Both levels of government have been made aware that our municipality will be making application for cost-shared funding, and I expect that the required and necessary documents will be presented to each within the next four to six weeks,” Pitts told The Journal. He described the project as “shovel-ready” and said he expects a call for tenders will be issues late summer or early fall.

A local fundraising committee is now working on a campaign for contributions from residents and businesses for the project.

Warden Pitts is particularly enthusiastic about the support and stability the facility will provide to GOALS, and the benefits of being located in close proximity to Chedabucto Education Centre and Academy. “By having the school, theatre, baseball field, swimming pool, tennis courts etcetera in such close proximity to each other as well as the new complex, we’re of the opinion that this will go a long way to enhance and increase the use of all facilities.”

Council and senior staff were present at the open house, along with consultants, architects and engineers working on the project. More than 75 residents attended.