At the Special Meeting of Council, January 22, 2019, members of Council were presented with the Tecumseh Multi-Use Sportsplex concept design which was prepared by CS&P Architects. The concept design is the result of several years of work on a detailed study to determine what elements should be included. The study team looked at area facilities to avoid competition, duplication and to add additional facilities to the Essex County area that would attract different sports and recreational events. This concept design will assist Administration and Council with further details on what types of activities and programs could be offered, how those will be priced, what operational costs will be and how the facility will be constructed. As these details are known, they will be shared with the public.
A simulated walk-through of the facility was also presented and can be viewed via our YouTube channel. The concept design will build on the existing arena and provide not only a FIFA size soccer field, but also a double gymnasium, a walking track and a cardiac care rehabilitation centre. The new design also includes an additional 279 parking spaces bring the total available to 335. The design team walked Council through possible amenities that could be included as well as uses for the double gymnasium. These uses include basketball, badminton, pickleball, volleyball and space for year round recreational programming and opportunities for trade shows.
Town Administration has been meeting with Provincial and Federal representatives to seek out grant funding for the Sportsplex. Full cost of the facility will not be known until a final design is complete and a tender for construction has been awarded. In addition to the grant funds being sought, the Town expects to launch a fundraising campaign in the next year to assist with raising the Town’s share of the project costs.
If you have any questions or comments on the Sportsplex project, please feel free to share them with us.