Arena and Aquatics Complex

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Conceptual rendering of new arena

Update

On November 9, 2021 the Arena Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee received an update on the project progress. The report and presentation are posted in the Projects Documents section. Highlights on the presentation show the site as it develops in Phase 1 and Phase 2 in preparation for a Site Plan Application in 2022. There will be a public engagement opportunity in February 2022 for the community to ask questions and provide comment on the site plan design.

Project Background

The City of Peterborough is planning to build a Community Arena and Aquatics Complex to meet the immediate and future recreational needs of our growing community. As a recreational hub, it will include a new twin-pad arena and indoor walking track with a future phase for an aquatic centre, combining spaces for play, spectating, fitness and sports. Supporting recreational opportunities through this new building and associated upgraded park space will enhance the quality of life for those who live and play in the city.

City Council approved Morrow Park as the location for the City's new Community Arena and Aquatics Complex on Monday, July 26, 2021. The staff report and presentation are posted in the Project Documents section of the project page.

Planned Facility Amenities

Previous phases for this project included consultation with facility user groups on the interior design elements of the planned Arena and Aquatics Complex. The design would continue to include the following program elements that were previously approved by Council:

Phase 1:

  • A twin pad arena with 500 seats on each pad;
  • An elevated walking/running track;
  • 12 team change rooms and 2 official rooms;
  • A team training centre;
  • Office / Administration / Customer Service space for City staff;
  • Office space leased to sport group(s);
  • A concession stand;
  • Two multipurpose rooms;
  • Public washrooms, elevator and storage;
  • Landscaping and parking;

Planned future Phase 2 - Competitive 25 Metre, 8 lane pool, warm up therapy pool and changerooms.

Community participation

The community has been providing feedback on the development of this project since 2013 and helping to shape the design and building amenities via community forums, user group workshops and surveys. A dedicated website project page has been updated regularly with project related information and progress. The current connect project page has generated approximately 6,300 page views from about 2,400 visitors.

In April 2021 the community were invited to share their feedback on the project. The survey received 374 responses providing feedback on anticipated user age groups and travel patterns for the overall site facilities, preferences for use of the outdoor spaces and community response to sustainability feature options. 80% of the respondents where in favour of Morrow Park as the location.

A virtual public information session was held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. See the slide presentation with the interactive mentimeter results under Project Documents to the right.

Feedback and ideas collected through a survey and other consultation activities assist the project team as it prepares the next steps for the project.

Environmental Sustainability

To align with Council’s strategic vision on climate change, Council have endorsed the project to pursue environmental sustainability initiatives in line with LEED construction standards.

Update

On November 9, 2021 the Arena Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee received an update on the project progress. The report and presentation are posted in the Projects Documents section. Highlights on the presentation show the site as it develops in Phase 1 and Phase 2 in preparation for a Site Plan Application in 2022. There will be a public engagement opportunity in February 2022 for the community to ask questions and provide comment on the site plan design.

Project Background

The City of Peterborough is planning to build a Community Arena and Aquatics Complex to meet the immediate and future recreational needs of our growing community. As a recreational hub, it will include a new twin-pad arena and indoor walking track with a future phase for an aquatic centre, combining spaces for play, spectating, fitness and sports. Supporting recreational opportunities through this new building and associated upgraded park space will enhance the quality of life for those who live and play in the city.

City Council approved Morrow Park as the location for the City's new Community Arena and Aquatics Complex on Monday, July 26, 2021. The staff report and presentation are posted in the Project Documents section of the project page.

Planned Facility Amenities

Previous phases for this project included consultation with facility user groups on the interior design elements of the planned Arena and Aquatics Complex. The design would continue to include the following program elements that were previously approved by Council:

Phase 1:

  • A twin pad arena with 500 seats on each pad;
  • An elevated walking/running track;
  • 12 team change rooms and 2 official rooms;
  • A team training centre;
  • Office / Administration / Customer Service space for City staff;
  • Office space leased to sport group(s);
  • A concession stand;
  • Two multipurpose rooms;
  • Public washrooms, elevator and storage;
  • Landscaping and parking;

Planned future Phase 2 - Competitive 25 Metre, 8 lane pool, warm up therapy pool and changerooms.

Community participation

The community has been providing feedback on the development of this project since 2013 and helping to shape the design and building amenities via community forums, user group workshops and surveys. A dedicated website project page has been updated regularly with project related information and progress. The current connect project page has generated approximately 6,300 page views from about 2,400 visitors.

In April 2021 the community were invited to share their feedback on the project. The survey received 374 responses providing feedback on anticipated user age groups and travel patterns for the overall site facilities, preferences for use of the outdoor spaces and community response to sustainability feature options. 80% of the respondents where in favour of Morrow Park as the location.

A virtual public information session was held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. See the slide presentation with the interactive mentimeter results under Project Documents to the right.

Feedback and ideas collected through a survey and other consultation activities assist the project team as it prepares the next steps for the project.

Environmental Sustainability

To align with Council’s strategic vision on climate change, Council have endorsed the project to pursue environmental sustainability initiatives in line with LEED construction standards.

Questions

Submit your questions to the project team on the review of the potential use of Morrow Park as the location for the planned arena and aquatics complex.

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    What is the cost for the new arena project and how much of this is being funded by taxpayers?

    2 months ago

    The total project cost of $90 million that is shown in the 2022 Capital Budget document is the total projected cost for the project, including the aquatics complex to be added in Phase 2. Phase 2 is not yet approved to proceed but is part of the overall master design and planning at the Morrow Park site.  

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    The New Arena and Aquatics Complex project in the 2022 Capital Budget document says the project total cost is $90M. What does this include?

    2 months ago

    The cost for Phase 1 of the project which includes twin pad arena facilities, multi-purpose and leased space plus an elevated walking track is an overall project cost of approximately $62M.  The majority is to be funded from Development Charges – revenue that’s collected as a fee associated with development permits in the City, such as the construction of new subdivisions – of $38.8M.  The portion to be covered by property taxes is estimated to be $16.8M over three years.  $4M of the 2021 Federal Gas Tax one-time top-up funding is to be allocated to this project with the remainder of funds coming from sponsorship and user fee surcharges.

    The debt payments related to the $16.8M property tax supported portion of the project will be included in the Arena Division’s annual operating budgets.  Ice user fees would be used to offset these debt payments along with the majority of the Arena Division’s annual operating budget.

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    What type of lighting will there be on the site and when will it be on?

    3 months ago

    The arena and aquatics complex site will have LED parking lot lighting with any perimeter lighting being designed with zero cut off at the edges to avoid any potential light spill into neighbouring locations.

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    How many parking spaces will there be for the arena and planned aquatics complex? Is there a commitment to protect and preserve the green space left?

    3 months ago

    There are anticipated to be 475 parking spaces in Phase 1 Arena project and 100 spaces added in Phase 2 Aquatics for a total of 575.  On July 26, 2021 Council approved the concept Phase 1 & 2 and the budget for Phase 1, which is the twin-pad arena portion. The budget for the aquatics complex has not been approved yet to proceed and the the concept for the third arena pad which was originally proposed as Phase 3 has not been approved.  The removal of Phase 3 will allow the Arena and Aquatics Complex to occupy the western portion of Morrow Park with one additional row of parking in front of the agricultural sheds, reserving the majority of the centre section of Morrow Park as green space including one ball diamond.  The conceptual design is in the process of being finalized and will be presented to Arenas Parks and Recreation Committee in a meeting later this fall and the project website will be revised to also include this information following the meeting.

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    Will parking lot drainage add more strain to the issues with storm water management?

    3 months ago

    Following approval of the site in July the project team have been collating additional geotechnical information to study and design effective low impact development solutions for the storm water management. A Storm Water Management report will be part of the Site Plan Approval process. In addition to the Arena and Aquatics Complex project the Infrastructure and Planning Services Department also have a project underway for the Roger Neilson Way Storm Sewer Rehabilitation. Details of this project can be found in the Capital Budget Book 2021 page 364.

    https://www.peterborough.ca/en/city-hall/resources/Documents/Finance/2021-Budget/2021-Capital-Book---DRAFT.pdf

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    Will there be cover or shade for the farmer's market?

    3 months ago

    The Peterborough and District Farmers’ Market Association operates a Saturday Farmers’ Market in the exterior Morrow Parking Lot during the summer months and in the Morrow Building during the winter months.  The Morrow Parking Lot and the Morrow Building are to remain unchanged and are not part of the new Arena and Aquatics Complex project.  

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    Is there still a commitment from the City to support the Agricultural Society's activities?

    3 months ago

    The Agricultural Society is an important stakeholder in this project and communication is ongoing. The Agricultural Society is actively participating in a consultation process, based on Council’s approved recommendation and both Phases of the concept plan continue to incorporate and support the presence and activity of the Agricultural Society on the property.

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    Was there another community consultation other than the one that was online with multiple choice questions? Who were the respondents?

    3 months ago

    The Arena Needs Assessment completed in 2013 identified the requirement for the new arena complex project and the programming/amenities that the community suggested be included in a new facility.  This process consisted of multiple community forums, user group workshops, interviews with key stakeholders, surveys and multiple presentations to the Arenas Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and Council where they approved the program elements and amenities to be included.   

    In November 2020 Council approved the review of Morrow Park as the potential location for the new Arena and Aquatics Complex.  The review process included a presentation to the Arenas Parks and Recreation Committee in April 2021 and a postcard mail out campaign to households within a 1 km perimeter radius to promote project website through Connectptbo.  The website included project reports and information to date, inviting community participation through a community survey and a Question and Answer forum where the community can submit questions and receive responses from the project team.  

    A public information session was also held that people could attend online or by phone with an integrated active survey for online participants, the outcomes from this session are also shared on the Connect Peterborough website. There is also a page subscribe link on the website that will alert those interested in receiving a notification when additional information is uploaded. A dedicated phone number was available for people to leave messages for the project team to respond to and where people could call to get a paper copy of the survey. In addition, the project team assisted Councillors with several paper copy information packages that were requested by the local community for review and circulation. 

    The project page has generated approximately 6,300 page views from about 2,400 visitors. 

    Council approved Morrow Park as the site for the new Arena and Aquatics Complex on July 26, 2021. As part of the Council process, there was a further opportunity to address Council on the matter at the public meeting. 

    The project was covered by local media on television, in newspapers, through online media outlets, and on radio throughout the process.

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    Was there a traffic study done?

    3 months ago

    A traffic study has been undertaken for this project and will form part of the Site Plan Application documentation. There has been some public discussion regarding the timing of traffic studies due to COVID-19 and the impact of reduced traffic. It is important to note that the City has been planning upgrades to Lansdowne Road West for several years and have detailed historical traffic counts for that area. The traffic consultant used the City’s historical traffic counts up to 2019 and then determined future traffic volumes by using the annual city growth percentage rate plus an additional percentage adjustment. The report will be shared to the project webpage once it is finalized.

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    There is already an ongoing traffic calming exercise going on in the Lock, Morrow, Montgomery and Sherburne streets area. Won't this just increase the traffic and cut-through traffic in the neighborhood? How are you planning for large increases in traffic volumes for local residents, including cut-through traffic? Please explain how this project is being coordinated with the traffic calming work.

    jcornfield asked 9 months ago

    The Project Team coordinates with City staff from Infrastructure and Planning including the staff currently leading the traffic calming initiative. Traffic studies specific to this project will be conducted to attain the information required to determine the traffic impact the new Arena and Aquatic Complex will have on the area. The Project Team will continue to coordinate with the various City departments to ensure the traffic flow will be appropriately addressed.

Page last updated: 22 November 2021, 10:23