Waterloo council approves funds for rec centre expansion design

Waterloo City Council has approved the release of $2.1 million to pursue the design and planning for the expansion of the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Centre.

Expansion of the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex one step closer

The City of Waterloo is looking to expand the Waterloo Memorial Recreational Complex at 101 Father David Bauer Drive, including new facilities for older adults. (City of Waterloo/ Twitter)

Waterloo City Council has approved the release of $2.1 million to pursue the design and planning for the expansion of the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.

The city will put out a request for proposals to conduct the work in the next two to three weeks, project manager Beth Rajnovich told CBC News.

The detailed design drawings and construction plans are expected to be back before council for review and approval in about a year, said Rajnovich.

The proposed WMRC expansion includes:

  • An addition on the east side of the complex including a gymnasium, more lobby space, change rooms, locker, storage and office spaces.
  • A repurposed Hauser Haus for a central fitness centre and an indoor walking concourse.
  • Improved accessibility.
  • New facilities and improved parking specifically for older adults.

Construction, if approved, should take 24 months to complete with a planned opening in the Spring or Summer of 2021.