$23M Harbour Grace sports complex now 2 years behind

Town councillors in Harbour Grace are growing impatient with how long it's taking to approve a new $23-million sports complex.
Plans for a new sports complex are in place for the Town of Harbour Grace. Area residents are wondering if it will ever become a reality. (CBC)

Town councillors in Harbour Grace are growing impatient with how long it's taking to approve a new $23-million sports complex.

The Newfoundland and Labrador government agreed to share 80 per cent of the cost — but the final word still hasn't come through. The facility was promised two years ago.
Harbour Grace Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams says council is growing impatient with the length of time it's taking to approve a new sports complex for the town. (CBC)

Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams said it's time to get the project moving. The new facility in Harbour Grace will house a recreation complex and new town offices.

Williams said both the existing town hall and the S.W. Moores Stadium have seen better days.

"It's seen its day ... it's very costly, from year to year," he said. "The bank came in and had a look, did an assessment and gave the OK for our share of the loan, and all things were a go from there. The council wants to get something moving." 
The new sports complex in Harbour Grace will house a hockey rink, as well as new offices for the town. (CBC)

The current sports complex proposal is already a scaled-down version of an earlier one, which called for twin rinks. However, the Harbour Grace council made a decision last fall to proceed more modestly with one rink, with the option of adding on in the future.

"It's going to be a positive thing. You know, spin-offs alone from this facility, who knows where it's going to go. And we want to see things move," Williams told CBC News.

Government insists it remains committed to the project and is reviewing the town's financial affairs. A decision will be made by the end of May.


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