Work progressing on Oakville’s Sixteen Mile Creek Sports Complex expansion

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Published November 2, 2023 at 9:38 am

Sixteen Mike Creek Oakville

If Oakville residents want to see the dirt on the future Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, now’s the time to pay a visit to the community park on Neyagawa Boulevard, with new sod being placed on the fields as construction continues on the ambitious project that will contain a community centre, library and cricket field, among other amenities.

The cricket field and additional sports fields at are “on track” to open in spring 2024, the Town tweeted Wednesday, with the other park features, including a skateboard park, bike pump track, splash pad, playground, and fitness station — expected to be completed by late 2024.

The community centre and library will open in 2025.

Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, formerly known as North Park, already boasts a quad-plex arena – including an Olympic-size pad that seats 1,500 and is home to the Junior ’A’ Oakville Blades and Skate Oakville (formerly the Oakville Skating Club), three NHL-size ice pads and a host of other ice-related amenities.

The expansion of the nearly 50-acre complex will bring in the community centre, library and two lit sports fields (one with artificial turf) for cricket, soccer and other recreational uses.

The park has three distinct areas:

  • The first area includes portions of the Sixteen Mile Creek valley lands and forms part of the Natural Heritage System.
  • The second ‘north parcel’ area is currently undeveloped but will eventually front onto the William Halton Parkway and is planned to accommodate active sports fields.
  • The third area includes the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, the two lit sports fields and a leash free area that are currently on site and will include a community centre, library branch and outdoor features.

Underground construction of the community centre and library is nearly complete, while geothermal borehole drilling is now finished.

The co-location of the library and the community centre will allow for increased synergies for space use and complementary programming, the Town declared. The community centre and library added to the existing Sixteen Mile Sports Complex is expected to “maximize the efficiency” of energy flow between the facilities and to streamline building operations and programming.

The project, which has seen rising supply chain costs spike costs about $17 million over budget to nearly $75 million, will be taking advantage of renewable energy technologies and green building standards. The building will be LEED-certified, taking a net-zero carbon and low-energy design approach and using features such as self-tinting electro-chromatic glass, solar walls and sensor-controlled LED lighting.

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