New Westminster, BC – Construction of the new Queen’s Park Sportsplex has officially commenced. The new 12,000 square foot multi-sport facility will be home to the programs and services previously offered at the former Queen’s Park Arenex prior to its collapse in 2016. The Sportsplex will be located in Queen’s Park adjacent to the recently completed skate park and will be in close proximity to the arena, stadium, and playing fields. The new indoor facility will provide program space for gymnastics, trampoline, ball hockey, badminton, volleyball, and the popular preschool playtime program, Motoring Munchkins.
“I am very pleased that this project is finally underway and that the programs displaced after the loss of the Arenex will soon have a permanent home in the new Sportsplex,” said Dean Gibson, Director of Parks and Recreation. “I want to acknowledge the community’s patience during this time, and I want to also thank our community partners who have helped host our programs during this transition.”
Unique features of the Sportsplex include transparent hockey boards to enhance the playing experience for ball hockey and allow for spectators of all ages to view sporting activities taking place in the facility. Universal wash rooms will also serve the community equitably and inclusively. The building, constructed of a pre-engineering frame clad with metal panels, will apply advanced green building principles and will be equipped with features such as high performance passive heating and cooling units, and solar panels installed on the roof.
“Sustainability was a driving principle in the design of the Sportsplex supporting Council’s commitment to reduce corporate and community greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Jonathan Coté. “All of the green building practices to be utilized in this new facility will ensure that we are being as energy efficient and environmentally sustainable as possible.”
The $6 million project will be funded primarily from the proceeds of insurance from the loss of the Arenex as well as from grant funding. Construction of the new Queen’s Park Sportsplex is scheduled to be completed for late spring 2020.
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