Hub / Rec Centre Project Steering Committee

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The Municipality of South Huron is considering the development of a new community hub recreation centre. In November of 2017, South Huron Council committed up to $7.5 million towards building a new community hub / recreation centre and a Project Steering Committee was established to collect information and report back to Council. Comprised of local residents and South Huron Councillors, the Steering Committee ensures that stakeholders in the community have their interests represented in the research project. 

How the Committee is gathering information

The Municipality values the opinions of all residents and is actively seeking input on the proposed new / community hub recreation centre project from the entire community using several methods.

Focus Groups (August - October, 2018)

The Municipality values the opinions of all residents and is actively seeking input on the proposed new community hub recreation centre project from the entire community. A series of focus group workshops facilitated by the YMCA is being planned to collect opinions from specific user groups and community organizations. At these focus group workshops, information concerning the research project will be shared and those in attendance will have an opportunity to participate in discussions concerning recreation, fitness, health and aquatic programs and activities.

The first two focus groups gathered information from seniors (see the report) and occured on the following dates:

  • Monday, August 27, 6-8 pm in Exeter at the South Huron Recreation Centre
  • Thursday, August 30, 2-4 pm in Grand Bend at the Grand Cove Clubhouse
Market Feasibilty Telephone Survey (July - August, 2018)

As part of the planning process, the Municipality has engaged LeisurePlan International Inc. to undertake a scientific study to determine the potential market and demand for programs, activities and services that may be provided at a new facility. This study involves a telephone survey of randomly selected adult residents of South Huron between the ages 20 and 64 years to collect opinions about recreation, fitness, health and aquatic services. LeisurePlan International Inc. recommended this age range for the scientific study because their prior experience in other municipalities has determined this group has the greatest potential impact on operational revenue and the viability of recreational facilities, as senior and youth user fees are typically subsidized or discounted. User fee revenue will be vital to the viability of a new facility in South Huron.

Fund Raising Feasibility Study (Fall, 2018)

The Municipality will issue a Request for Proposals to assess the feasibility of raising $5.5 million within the South Huron community to support the construction of a Community Hub and Fitness/Recreation Centre. The study will assess the likely availability of gifts from individual and corporate donors and either confirm or propose a revised community campaign goal.

Members of the Committee

Craig Ivatts, Peter Hrudka, Mike Ondrejicka (Deputy Chair), Ron Mayer, Dawn Rasenberg (Chair), Robert Oud, Darlene McKaig, Councillor Craig Hebert, Councillor Ted Oke and Mayor Maureen Cole.

About the Committee

Steering Committee meetings are held from 6:00 - 8:00pm every other Tuesday evening.

Guided by a Terms of Reference, the Project Steering Committee has been established to advise Council, Administration and Consultant/Project Management Team on specific matters as they pertain to the preparation and delivery of the South Huron Community Hub/Recreation Centre Facility.

The overall purpose of the Steering Committee is to ensure that the stakeholders in the community along with members of South Huron Council have their interests represented during the tenure of the consulting engagement, and that by playing this key role the community will have a strong sense of ownership and support the development of the facility. In this way the Steering Committee will help to ensure that future action within the property is appropriate to the community, and of the highest possible quality.

Have something to say? Please send us your questions or feedback using the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the project and how did it come about?
  • Improving and enhancing the quality of recreation facilities and community well-being are priorities identified in the Municipality’s Corporate Strategic Plan, 2015-2019.
  • South Huron’s recreation facilities are at the end of their lifespan. The need to assess the municipality’s recreational service offer and redevelop the Exeter facility was first identified in the Community Services Master Plan, 2009.
  • The purpose of the project is to identify the scope and program for a new community hub/recreation centre.
What are the benefits of this project?
  • A new community hub/ recreation centre is an investment that will attract new residents and businesses to the municipality, which is necessary for the long-term sustainability of our communities.
What is the timeline?
A detailed work plan is available that describes the four phases of the project:
  • Imagine the Possible: December 2017 – May 2018
    • This stage of the project will identify the scope of work, the professional services and the information required to inform Council.
  • Define the Possible: June 2018 – May 2019
    • Feasibility studies will determine what recreational services our communities want and what is affordable. A facility will be programed according to the information collected from the residents of South Huron.
    • The Municipality has engaged the YMCA to advise on how to gather information necessary to design and build a new community hub / recreation and Leisure Plan International to conduct a market feasibility study.
    • In addition to ongoing public consultations, community focus groups will be organized to collect feedback.
  • Build the Possible: June 2019
    • Once a final design has been developed and approved by South Huron Council, the construction period is estimated to take 18 months.
  • Celebrate the Possible: July 2021
    • The proposed date of substantial project completion is July 1st 2021.
What will this project cost?
  • South Huron Council has committed up to $7.5 million towards building a new community hub / recreation centre. It is expected that a minimum of $5 million will be fundraised for this project. This combined $12.5 million will be used to leverage funding from senior levels of governments (i.e., provincial and federal).
  • The intention is reduce capital costs by seeking government grants and community donations and to reduce annual operating expenses with the new, more energy efficient facility.
What is the role of the YMCA in this project?
  • As part of an RFP process, the Municipality has engaged the community development services of the YMCA to advise the Project Steering Committee on how to gather information necessary to design and build a new community hub / recreation centre.
What is the role of Leisure Plan International?
  • As part of an RFP process, the Municipality has engaged Leisure Plan International to conduct a market feasibility study to assess the recreation services that our residents want.
  • This information is necessary for Council to decide what the new community hub / recreation centre will look like.

Committee Records

Agendas

February, 15 2018

February, 27 2018

March 13, 2018

March 27, 2018

April 4, 2018

April 24, 2018

May 8, 2018

May 29, 2018

June 12, 2018

June 19, 2018

July 4, 2018

July 12, 2018

July 17, 2018

August 14, 2018

September 11, 2018

October 9, 2018

October 23, 2018

November 13, 2018

Minutes

February 15, 2018

February 27, 2018

March 13, 2018

March 27, 2018

April 10, 2018

April 24, 2018

May 8, 2018

May 29, 2018

June 12, 2018

June 19, 2018

July 4, 2018

Background Documents

February 13, 2017- South Huron Recreation Centre And Exeter Pool Options Paper

May 8, 2017- South Huron Recreation Projects A Path Forward

August 9, 2017- South Huron Recreation Projects A Path Forward 2.0

October 4, 2017- South Huron Community Hub/Recreation Centre

November 20, 2017- Final Report to Council Community Hub/Recreation Centre Where do we go from here?

South Huron Recreation Projects A Path Forward

Contact(s)

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