South Huron turned down for arena grant

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SOUTH HURON – The municipality announced Feb. 3 that it had officially learned it had been turned down for a 50 per cent grant for a proposed new $25-million single ice pad and community centre.

As previously reported, South Huron applied in November 2019 for a grant from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to replace the South Huron Rec Centre in Exeter.

In a press release on its website, the municipality said South Huron’s share was to be an estimated $6.74 million. There was also a plan for fundraising and sponsorships for the project.

The following was proposed for the facility:

  • That a multi-use recreation facility building program be a design build to an upset limit of $25 million dollars to include a single pad ice arena but be designed to fit a second pad.
  • A single gymnasium.
  • Two multi-purpose program spaces, one to include the industrial kitchen located downstairs and one upstairs.
  • The general program space would incorporate community space, age friendly, youth initiatives and other community events, preferably on the main floor.
  • Another general space was planned in the design comprised of 15 per cent of the total assigned building space.
  • An indoor walking track around the arena.

According to the municipality, the project went through an evidence-based provincial review process, and the “Constructing a New South Huron Recreation Centre” project was not nominated for federal review and approval.

“The intake of this funding stream was highly competitive, and total demand reached upwards of $10 billion against total available joint funding (federal-provincial-applicant) of nearly $1 billion,” the press release stated.


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