Construction begins on Oakville’s new community centre and library

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Published June 22, 2023 at 2:52 pm

Construction has already began on the state-of-the-art community centre and library at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. TOWN OF OAKVILLE IMAGES

The shovels are in the ground and construction of Oakville’s newest community centre and library is underway.

“The Town is excited to announce construction is about to begin on the state-of-the-art community centre and library at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex,” the Town of Oakville announced Thursday (June 22) on Twitter.

At a Town meeting on Monday (June 19), Council approved budget amendments to the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex development project allowing it to move into the construction phase.

The Town has hired JR Certus Construction Co. Ltd. to do the work and the company begun putting up signs around the construction site Thursday.

First on the list of work is to remove the outdoor fitness circuit to allow construction to begin on the state-of-the-art Sixteen Mile Community Centre and Library.

New outdoor fitness equipment will be installed at the community park in fall 2024.

Park construction of the field house began last month. Last December, the Oakville Public Library’s Sixteen Mile Branch was temporarily moved to North Operations Depot facility.

Full library services have resumed at this location until the new community centre is built.

The 79-hectare community park includes two additional lit sports fields (one with artificial turf), cricket field, skateboard park, bike pump track, basketball courts, splash pad, children’s playground, a fieldhouse and a washroom facility.

The north parcel of the area will eventually front onto the William Halton Parkway and will accommodate the active sports fields.

Located at 3170 Neyagawa Blvd., the multi-use community centre is projected to include aquatic facilities, fitness/active living centre, flexible multi-use space to accommodate seniors, youth and cultural programming and gymnasiums.

The Oakville Public Library branch will include work and study spaces (including collaboration spaces), a creation and media zone, reading and conversation areas, children’s and teen spaces, flexible programming spaces as well as public computers and wi-fi.

Accessibility features include barrier-free parking and vehicle access close to accessible entrances and pathways and wayfinding that will be lit when it’s dark.

Inside the community centre, all washrooms will have hands-free flush valves, faucets, soap dispensers and hand dryers and the pools will have accessible ramp entry.

Renewable energy technologies and green building standards will also be applied.

The sports fields and cricket pitch will be completed by 2023, with the other park features planned for 2024. The community centre and library will open in 2025.

 

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