The Multi-Use Recreation Facility (MURF) is a new complex soon to be under construction in Lakeshore. Phase 1 of this building has been designed and the 2nd phase, currently undergoing design and approvals is the Aquatic complex including a pool. The pool will be adjacent to the gymnasium.
The Town is will be improving access and parking for the existing soccer fields. It is Council's intention to ensure the complex serves as a community center bringing together all age groups from across Lakeshore.
The main rink will have seating for 1000 with heated seating and a walking track around the top. It will also have north facing windows for natural lighting. On the second floor will be several meeting rooms.
The angle of the roof top will provide the Town with the option of installing solar panels in the future.
At this time, the Town of Lakeshore has enough ice hours for 2.8 rinks. We pay the Town of Essex for the additional hours we are unable to accommodate.
The Town has been the recipient of $34.6 million in grant money. The Federal and Provincial governments have each contributed $17.3 towards this project. This grant money substantially reduces the cost of this facility to the Town.
A Capital Campaign will be announced shortly including a community campaign to raise funds to support this facility. The Town of Lakeshore is proud to announce Stephanie and Barry Zekelman as Chairs of this campaign. The Town is anticipating raising $2.5 million to further offset the cost of this facility. The main focus of the fundraising will be a community campaign designed to solicit individual and group donations to help create our multi-generational facilty that puts physical, educational and social resourced under on roof. We are building an active living hub that will bring generations together and promote community engagement. We are building a healthier Lakeshore.
Naming rights to the facility and components within it will also be important to the Campaign. Opportunities to name the entire facility, arenas, library, double gymnasium, banquet room, dance studio and change rooms are a few of the many opportunities available. Details regarding the Campaign, the goals, and theme are being finalized but will be announced this spring.
The library will have windows along the floor level
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and several larger windows to bring in natural light.
The gynasium will have wood flooring and windows to bring in natural lighting.
The lobby is open and allows for seating.
The phase one site plan displays the enhanced soccer fields, parking and layout of the MURF facility within the Towns property. As you can see, there is a lot of land and the town plans in future phases to add even more amenities to the property (see below). Suggestions of baseball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts have all been received.
Conceptual view of full build out of land in the future.
Construction will begin in the summer of 2013 with completion slated for the fall of
2014. All of the pictures above are artists renderings. The construction tender for the main building has been awarded. Updates will be posted here as they are received, so check back often. Larger photos are posted at Town Hall, Lakeshore Arena and the Puce Sports and Leisure Center.
Lakeshore has received a Provincial grant in the amount of $17.3 million and a Federal grant of $17.3 million towards the cost of the facility.