South Huron Recreation Centre Project


South Huron Council is committed to providing the best recreational opportunities that are accessible, benefit all age groups and abilities, and are affordable for the entire community. 

The Municipality is seeking a partnership with senior levels of government to build a new multi-use recreation centre in the Town of Exeter. The public consultation work completed by the Hub/Rec Centre Project Steering Committee in 2018/19 enabled the Municipality to move forward with a competitive submission to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

Rather than invest substantial dollars in renovating the current South Huron Rec Centre - an outdated structure that scored a failure rating in the municipality's 2016 asset management analysis, South Huron is seeking to build an energy-efficient, cost-effective, and standards-compliant South Huron Recreation Centre (SHRC). The entire facility will be AODA 2025 compliant while the building design permits a second ice pad to be added in the future.

South Huron is taking a regional approach to recreation facility capacity. This includes monitoring the use and maintenance requirements of other South Huron recreation facilities, collaborating with neighbouring municipalities to utilize unused capacity, and evaluating overall operating efficiencies and user trends.

Breakdown of the estimated facility costs
  Cost Items Costing Benchmark Capital Cost Estimate
A Building 65,000 sf @ $300/sf $19,500,000
B Site development allowance (Landscape, Parking, Services) 10% of A $1,950,000
C Fittings, furnishings, equipment allowance 5% of A $975,000
D Soft cost allowance (Design, Fees, Management, Legal, etc) 7.5% of A+B $1,608,750
E Contingencies (Construction 3%) 3% (of A+B+C+D) $720,983
Total     $24,754,733

 * The preceding assumes:

  • energy conservation measures such as high-efficiency rink lighting and a heat recovery system for the ice plant
  • a drop-off zone for parents with young children, school bus access and parking, water fountains throughout the facility, and individual seats rather than bench seating.
  • demolition of the existing facility
  • construction in the same location, using municipally-owned land.
Building program at this time
Component Square Footage

Single Pad Arena with Indoor Walking Track

500-1,000 seats, 6 dressing rooms, JR. Room, gender neutral dressing rooms (2), officials room, storage room, maintenance room


Single Gymnasium

convertible to auditorium, moveable divider wall, two dressing rooms

Community Room Space (upper level)  4,000

General Program Space (lower level)

moveable divider wall, industrial full-service kitchen


Program Space (lower level)

youth, age-friendly, OPP community station, general community meeting room


General Circulation Space

Reception & admin. office, public washrooms (4), storage areas, OPP community station, food concession area


The project is ready to move to full design, costing, tendering, and construction. A completely operational facility could be realized within three years of receiving ICIP funding approval (projected as fall 2020).

Proposed cost-share
Level of Government Amount %
Federal and Provincial $12,377,366.50 50%
Municipal - including debt financing, fundraising and sponsorship, and other grants $12,377,366.50 50%
Total $24,754,733.00 100%


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