June 25, 2019

BY JOSHUA VAN OSTRAND

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JV_MJMASubmitted2 Architectural plans for the proposed City of Cambridge recreation complex were presented to Cambridge city council on March 9. Although a final decision on the actual site wasn’t made, Conestoga’s Cambridge campus was the main focus at the meeting. Councillors decided to delay their design and site decisions until April 18.

According to Mike Dinning, Conestoga’s vice-president of student affairs and one of the representatives for the college on the recreation centre task force, after a final decision is made, a more intricate and detailed design will be created this year with construction beginning in 2017.

Two designs for the project, created by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, were presented by David Miller. One of the designs features two ice rinks and the other features four.

The project is not without its opposition though. As the budget has changed and the designs have shifted from an early open concept to a more closed concept, Cambridge residents have voiced their concerns over having enough gym and pool space to make the gym, and with it Waterloo Region, a potential site for a future Canadian Games. Many were also concerned that the proposed Cambridge campus site was too far from the city centre.

The grand total for the project is currently set at $54.6 million for the two-rink design and $72.3 million for the four-rink design. According to Dinning, construction should be completed in 2018.

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