New Westminster City Council has approved the development of a 24,000 square foot gymnastics and multi-sport facility in Queen’s Park to re-establish the programs and services offered at the former Queen’s Park Arenex on an interim basis. The proposed building technology would include a rigid frame stretched fabric membrane structure that will allow for an ongoing set-up for gymnastics and trampoline programs with additional dedicated space for the wide variety of other sports formerly offered at the Arenex.
It is anticipated that the new facility would take approximately 10-12 months to develop and construct. The structure is engineered to meet or exceed local building codes and is made from environmentally sustainable materials. The roof material allows natural light to permeate the space minimizing the need for artificial lighting during the day and reducing energy costs. Similar structures include the Poirier Forum in Coquitlam.
The majority of the funding will come from the proceeds of insurance from the Arenex loss with residual proceeds available to apply towards any longer term building solutions that the City may wish to pursue.