The town of Unity is looking to repurpose the site of their centennial pool into a new outdoor recreation facility. 

During construction of their new aquatic centre, the town had to tear down their existing tennis courts to make way for the new pool and made an informal promise to residents that they would create a new facility to house such activities.

Carey Baker, Director of Economic Development for the town said the hope is to make this new facility a one-stop-shop for sports enthusiasts in the town. 

"The new swimming pool is adjacent to this site (centennial pool site)," Baker said. "so there is a new swimming pool that's in existence and operating. This old swimming pool site we will repurpose into this multi-use, ball, hockey, basketball and skateboard site."

He said they hope to get construction on the facility started sometime this year. 

"What we're doing right now is just finalizing the last of some design components of it regarding the skateboard bowl," Baker said. "We would hope that we would be going to tender on the project at the end of June and construction will start in July and August."

According to Baker, the total cost of the project will be somewhere around $200,000. 

"Of course we're always hopeful that it'll be below that," he said. "and we may phase the project, or scale the project, or make it multi-year in order to try to come under budget, in order to meet the funds we've raised. Because we have not raised that amount of funds yet, we're still out and looking for additional corporate partners."

He added so far, they've managed to bring in about $60,000 from people donating and sponsoring the project, though as the town is matching all funds raised for the project, the total is closer to $130,000.

He said the town's ability to move ahead with the project will rely completely on community support. 

"Yeah we're getting close, so we are talking to other corporate donors and are hopeful that other private families and residents will also come forward," Baker said. "Because it is a unique project for us, there are facilities like this in larger communities but its something that we've been talking about for a while and I think that many people in our community are excited to have."

Concept Image Rec Facility No Fence No Boards March 2018Concept image of Outdoor Recreation Facility


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