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Beeton Facility Replacement Project hosts public meeting

May 17, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The plan to build a new facility to replace Beeton Memorial Arena is moving ahead and is currently in the planning phase.

The Town of Tecumseth is undertaking a feasibility study with concept plans and a business plan to replace the aging arena.

A public information open house was held at the arena on Thursday, May 9, to allow residents the opportunity to ask questions about the plan and share their views on the initial concept.

James Fryett Architects have undertaken a review of replacement options, design concepts and capital and operating budgets of a new facility.

Council has direct staff to continue to investigate the current plan, known as ‘Option A’ which would include a new facility with an ice pad and community centre. Option A is the current preferred option.

The May 9, meeting included a presentation of the initial concept plans for an arena and multi-purpose community centre.

Overall the meeting had positive results and feedback, said Ray Lisk, Chair of Fund for A new Community Centre in Beeton (FAB).

FAB has been spearheading effort to build a new community centre for the past 14 years.

Mr. Lisk said the committee a looking at some options for the new facility including adding new features that may not be included in other town facilities as well as an examination of the room sizes to ensure they meet the needs of the community.

“We were quite happy with the turnout at the meeting,” Mr. Lisk said. “There was over 60 people there.”

The presentation included a draft of the proposed development. FAB will be offering input to the design with their task force being reinstated with the current Town Council.

“It is a draft concept that they want to refine and improve,” Mr. Lisk explained. “The next stage will be a detailed schematic design. We’re going to be assessing comments from the open house as well as trying to offer input as to which priorities are important. It was a meeting to start the conversation. We liked generally the components of the ice pad and the multi-purpose rooms and gymnasium and dining hall. We would like to assess the size of some of the rooms and the size of the auditorium. We’d like to see if there is anything new that can go in that isn’t included at the other facilities in town.”

As part of their fact-finding mission the FAB committee has toured other towns in the region who have built new community centres and arenas over the past few years and met with town officials.

The tour provided an opportunity to see different designs and layouts of the arenas and learn about the impact they have had on the town.

The current plan is to demolish the existing Beeton arena and build the new facility on the same site. The location is central to the town and will also have a positive impact to businesses on the main street.

Beeton’s population is expected to double in coming years and the committee says future planning must take into consideration the population increase and the programs that will go along with more people living in the town.

FAB has been raising funds for the project with a projected goal of $500,000 which Mr. Lisk said is a target they will meet.

The plan now includes confirming a future financial plan for the facility.

It is expected that development charges will pay for the ice pad and arena.


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