by Tristan Turner
Morinville News Correspondent
Council has received a new complete build out concept, including the potential layout of a two-floor complex for the future Morinville recreation centre in their latest council agenda package.
The concept was completed by the Town’s architect firm, Architecture Tkalcic Bengert (Atb), and includes two sheets of ice with many change rooms and 1,500 seats, a curling rink with club space, multiple leases for business, a fieldhouse, and a fitness area. The diagram also contains an aquatic centre with a leisure pool, a four-lane pool, and a hot tub.
This is not in any way final, and Council has yet to make a decision on what will be built. The Atb concept will be brought forward to Council at their Oct. 11 meeting.
Eventually, the centre is slated to have 1,500 seats for hockey, but the initial stage may only have 500-800 seats.
The final cost of the centre as presented in the Oct. 11 agenda package is estimated at $70 million, including the purchase of the land, servicing, and construction. The construction itself would be approximately $50 million. These figures far exceed the amount Council had budgeted for the centre in their 2015 capital budget at $13.75 million.
The architect is looking at options for the Town to build out this arena in multiple stages, however. First putting in the new arena and core areas, and then building out the rest in future stages. The initial stage, if Council decides to break up the project into stages, would have the arena, a running track, and a fitness centre, with the potential of other future stages to be added later. Details on these plans are not yet publicly available, though more may become known at the next meeting of Council.
According to the Oct. 11 Agenda Package, “Morinville Council shared this information informally with Sturgeon County Council at an Inter-municipal Affairs Committee meeting on September 28, 2016, and will be providing a formal report to Sturgeon County Council at their regular meeting on October 11, 2016.”
See MorinvilleNews.com later this week for a follow up on the Oct. 11 Council meeting.