Charlottetown considers Simmons sports future
Charlottetown council has been presented with three main options for the future of the Simmons Sports complex.
A consultant's report with a master plan for the sporting facility was presented to council Monday night.
The most elaborate option says the whole area could be considered as a recreation facility that would include artificial turf fields, other sporting fields, trails and a pool. It would be similar to the Terry Fox Complex in Cornwall or sports facilities at UPEI.
It says a new pool would need to be built at a cost of about $1 million.
Another option involves upgrading the Simmons arena to a twin ice facility, but then the artificial turf idea would not go ahead.
A third option is that the old rink could be shut down at that location. Coun. Mitchell Tweel believes it is important to keep a rink at Simmons.
"I think it would be a huge mistake to shut down the Simmons arena because of the location, the accessibility of the facility," said Tweel.
"If you look at the five ice pads in the city of Charlottetown, they are well utilized. The staff of the parks and recreation department will tell you that the numbers are very high."
The plan will now go to public meetings for input before council makes any final decisions.
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