A report from Administration will be presented to City Council on March 6 recommending that a contract be awarded for significant maintenance and construction work at the Canada Games Complex.

Subject to Council’s approval, the facility will close for approximately four months, beginning on June 4. The cost of the work $3 million, and is being partially (80%) funded through the Federal Government’s Green and Inclusive Community Building Fund.

The anticipated work includes:

  • Replacement of the existing boiler plant with new natural gas-fired condensing boilers including new distribution pumps and accessories.
  • Replacement of the existing air handling unit serving the multipurpose room.
  • A facility-wide direct-digital control (DDC) system upgrade including new web-based operator interface, electronic/electric control devices and actuators.
  • Accessibility upgrades to the existing locker and washroom areas including the complete renewal of shower areas and the installation of new accessible washrooms and showers.
  • Construction of a new, gender neutral barrier free washroom and special needs change room.
  • Exterior wall repairs.

In addition to accessibility improvements, the work is anticipated to result in net annual greenhouse gas reduction of approximately 276 tonnes and $128,000 in utility savings.

“We are lessening our environmental footprint with the facility operations, while also making it more modern, inclusive, and inviting for patrons,” said Kelvin Jankowski, Construction Services Supervisor. “To minimize the impact, the closure will take place while other outdoor recreation options are available such as beaches, outdoor pools, splash pads, and trails.”

Spring swimming lessons and other activities will continue as planned without interruption. No new activities will be booked during the closure period. Stakeholder groups have also been notified in order to plan accordingly. All memberships will automatically be placed on hold during the closure period, and will be extended for the equivalent amount of time the facility is unavailable. If patrons wish to cancel their membership, they can receive a credit or request a refund.

For regular updates, impacts to members and more information, visit: www.thunderbay.ca/cgc

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Contact:          Stacey Levanen, Supervisor – Corporate Communications & Community Engagement, 625-3650