New Township-Wide Recreation Centre construction starts in summer 2022
Construction is set to begin this summer on King’s new Township-Wide Recreation Complex, a multi-partner project with an opening date set for 2024.
The centre is being constructed on 25 acres of land at the southeast corner of the King Campus and will be accessible from 15th Sideroad. Seneca College and the Township of King have signed a 99-year lease agreement for the land.
The single-level recreational complex will feature 124,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor facilities on the King City Campus of Seneca College. It will include twin ice pad surfaces, an indoor year-round pool and track, gym equipment and multipurpose spaces for fitness classes, community events and private bookings.
The recreation complex will also feature a multi-use field house with access to future amenities that could include baseball and soccer fields.
With the Township’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the project is exploring energy-efficient measures, such as natural ventilation, reclaiming waste heat from the refrigeration system and an open-loop geothermal heat exchange.
In May 2021, the Government of Canada announced it is investing over $21.1 million in the Township of King’s Township-Wide Recreation Centre project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing over $17.6 million.
The Township of King is providing over $20 million, mostly through development charges, with another $16 million contributed by developers as community benefits.
See the media release: Canada, Ontario and King Township invest in new $53-million recreational complex
About the Centre
The recreation centre design was based on information gathered as part of the 2019 Facility Services Master Plan.
In late 2019 and early 2020, staff met with residents across the Township to get their input into the features of the new centre. Many of the suggestions, including a larger pool and second ice pad, were included. The design was presented at a Public Information Centre in 2021.
The new complex will provide residents in King and surrounding communities with access to modern and reliable recreational infrastructure where they can enjoy sports, maintain healthy lifestyles and take part in recreational programs and services for years to come.