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Cambridge Multi-Sports Complex [Proposed]
Cambridge Multi-Sports Complex
11-15-2014, 06:12 PM
Grand vision urged for Cambridge multi-sports complex
November 15, 2014 | Waterloo Region Record | Link
Quote:CAMBRIDGE — Blake Morrison's vision for Cambridge's multi-sports complex is not anchored on an army of Olympics-bound speedskaters racing in fat circles inside a refrigerated mansion.
More in the article and at http://www.cambridgeoval.ca/.
It's quite a vision, but I'm not crazy about the location. This is something that would have a higher profile on Hespeler Road or on Holiday Inn Drive, not tucked behind Jacob. Still, it could be of use for JHSS athletics tournaments. The Bible collage would certainly find it useful where it is, too.
11-15-2014, 11:58 PM
Took the words out of my mouth!
11-16-2014, 10:20 AM
haha. Sorry, just trying to stay on top of thread formatting.
Just so anyone knows, there's a good resource for starting threads here: http://www.waterlooregionconnected.com/s...php?tid=82
04-10-2015, 11:30 PM
Looks like the Hespeler site is out; the new proposal is part of the Conestoga College Blair Campus.
Quote:Cambridge looks to build sportsplex on Conestoga College land
04-22-2015, 08:19 PM
The decision to proceed with the Conestoga site has been deferred; a lot of concerns have been raised by groups that would use the site, including travel times and lack of local amenities (on the Cambridge side of the 401, at least). One councillor recommended looking for a site closer to the future LRT route while another advocated for the Townline/401 area. Would like to the Cambridge Times article, but it doesn't seem to be online; ever since Metroland rebuilt the websites for their local papers, maybe one or two articles from the latest edition actually show up.
04-23-2015, 06:44 AM
I applaud them for bringing up future LRT stations. I keep saying this and I hope councils think about it, but the best place to focus community developments will be around LRT stations, or at least along iXpress routes not far from them. Take RIM Park: we are almost at a frequency of bus where I could get there to play hockey by transit, without a car. Compare that to the Waterloo Region Museum vs THEMUSEUM; the one with no real transit service has never seen me visit, while the other has seen me patronize it at least 2-6 times a year, explicitly because of how easy it is to decide that I'd like to spend a couple hours perusing a new exhibit or special evening.
04-27-2015, 09:10 AM
04-30-2015, 05:17 AM
Cambridge council approves $53-million sports complex at Conestoga College
April 25, 2015 | CTV Kitchener | LINK
Despite pleas from some quarters to take more time and consider other sites, Cambridge councillors voted 6-3 in favour of moving ahead with plans to build a sports complex at Conestoga College.
Prior to Tuesday night’s vote, councillors had heard concerns that the $53-million sportsplex should be built at a more central location.
Citing those same concerns, Coun. Nick Ermeta was one of the votes against the approval.
“When you’re making a decision like this, you need to have options,” he told CTV News.
“I didn’t think we had enough to choose from.”
Ermeta suggested the city take a look at some of its brownfield sites, which would take more time and money to get ready for a sportsplex but could see the facility built closer to many Cambridge residents.
Coun. Frank Monteiro said the expense and delays made brownfield sights unfeasible.
“I would hate to lose this opportunity. Now is the time. Let’s move forward and have something we can be proud of,” he said.
Attention will now turn to exactly what to put in the facility. Early suggestions from the city were that it would be 150,000 square feet and feature ice rinks, a pool and a walking track.
Construction isn’t expected to begin until at least 2018.
04-30-2015, 05:18 AM
I apologize for the format of that last post, tried for the first time in a long time to post from my mobile, it is pretty difficult.
04-30-2015, 05:53 PM
It may not be on the light rail line, but a bus from Conestoga to Sportsworld or Preston would connect to ION Phase II so easily. Maybe it will give Preston a bit of a jumpstart.
04-30-2015, 10:23 PM
(04-30-2015, 05:53 PM)DHLawrence Wrote: It may not be on the light rail line, but a bus from Conestoga to Sportsworld or Preston would connect to ION Phase II so easily. Maybe it will give Preston a bit of a jumpstart.
Has RIM Park given anything a jumpstart, though? If this is located in the middle of nowhere, I doubt it will contribute much to any of the somewheres via which you might get to it.
This, like the original placement of Conestoga College itself, is all about minimizing cost.
04-30-2015, 10:25 PM
Nice of Cambridge to locate it where it can be easily accessed by folks from Kitchener, however.
05-04-2015, 12:47 PM
(04-30-2015, 10:23 PM)mpd618 Wrote:(04-30-2015, 05:53 PM)DHLawrence Wrote: It may not be on the light rail line, but a bus from Conestoga to Sportsworld or Preston would connect to ION Phase II so easily. Maybe it will give Preston a bit of a jumpstart.
I'm not sure about a jump start, but 15 years after it's initial opening, the City has grown around it. The Park was an opportunity to create a large green space first without negotiating with developers for scraps from their parcels.
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