The Ontario government is investing over $16 million to support the construction of a nearly $22 million recreation centre for the Township of Wellesley.

This new facility will include an ice pad, space for a senior centre and youth centre, walking track, gymnasium, and two soccer pitches. Construction is anticipated to begin in March 2022 with the recreation centre expected to open in Fall 2023.

“I have no doubt that this facility will become a source of pride for all Wellesley Township residents,” said Township of Wellesley Mayor Joe Nowak. “This funding announcement today will allow us to build a first-class recreation complex. It will significantly ease the fundraising burden on our residents without putting a major strain on our taxpayer.”

According to Chris Martin, chair of the Wellesley Township Recreation Centre Advisory Committee, the new recreation centre will create incredible opportunities for local user groups. “It will allow them to better fulfil their roles and thereby improve the quality of life for the residents of Wellesley Township. We are very thankful of the efforts the Township has put into this project over the past two years and are incredibly pleased the province has partnered in this project for the betterment of our community.”

“For two years, I have worked closely with Mayor Nowak and the Township to move this forward and I am thrilled that shovels will be getting in the ground soon to bring this arena across the finish line,” added Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga.

Featured image: Township of Wellesley new recreation complex concept drawing. (Township of Wellesley)

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