Wiarton District Community Centre & Arena Renovation

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The Town of South Bruce Peninsula successfully secured funding through the Federal RInC / Ontario REC Infrastructure Programs to rejuvenate and renovate the Wiarton District Community Centre and Arena. The Town has hired Stafford Haensli Architects to oversee the public consultation, design and construction of the project which will begin in early 2010. Stafford Haensli Architects are responsible for such projects as the rehabilitation of the 57 year old Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto and the design of the Angus Glen Community Centre & Library in Markham. H.Bye Construction has been hired as the contractor, they constructed the Mount Forest Arena among many other facilities.

The renovation project will see the current facility receive a new arena floor, renovated dressing rooms, multipurpose recreation space and improvements to the community centre kitchen, lobby / entrance way, building accessibility and energy efficiency. Construction is slated to begin in March of 2010 and wrap up by December 2010. Be assured that this construction will not disrupt the available ice time as all construction related to the arena will be done in the off season.

Please check back frequently to be updated on the progress of the renovations.

For more information of this project please contact Assistant Manager of Public Works, Christine by email or at 519-534-1400 x 133 (1-877-534-1400 x 133)


January 21, 2011

communityhall   toilets

Everyone is working hard to get the Arena and the Community Centre Open!

January 14, 2011

Willie and Mayor John Close got out skating - The ice is nice!


November 17, 2010

Ice time is now available for rental as of December 11.

Please contact Karen Neerhof for bookings 519-534-1400 x132 

The areas available will include 4 change rooms as well as the ice surface, and a portable public washroom.

Ice time may be available tentatively December 4.

making ice  Ice making has begun

November 5, 2010

Ice Prep   changeroom progress 

Rink Slab being cleaned and prepped for Ice                                      Work continuing on changeroom renovations


Future Elevator Shaft

October 25, 2010

the Kitchen Equipment for the Community Centre/ Arena has been entered into a contest called the Aviva Community Fund.

Aviva is an insurance company, they are giving away money for community improvements based on votes.

In order to vote you need to register your email at www.avivacommunityfund.org

The next round of voting will start on October 25 and runs for two weeks.

Remember - you get 10 votes. If you vote every day you can put 10 votes towards the idea.  



If you would like a reminder email every day of the contest - let Christine know your email address.  

Also if you have any photos of yourself or others using the kitchen, and would like to share them with me so that they can be posted please email them to Christine


The fridge and stoves that will be put back into the Community Centre Kitchen - unless we can get the money!

October 23, 2010

Eric Traplin - Childrens Concert  -  Fundraising Event for the Wiarton Arena.

1:30-2:30PM at the Sauble Beach Community Centre

                    Tickets available at Town Hall in Wiarton (315 George St) and at Fretz's Valumart in Sauble Beach

October 1, 2010

The Ice is scheduled to be in place by during the first week of November along with a portable public washroom.

We are hoping for four changerooms to be available towards the end of November.

In the meantime - lots of work is happening behind those fences

Newchangeroom  fronthall

(The beginning of the new changeroom)                                                          (The lobby area)

August 26, 2010

Concrete Pour for Arena "Ice" Surface


August 9, 2010

Construction is on schedule. Bookings for Ice time will begin Mid October to Mid November will be tentative.

July 29, 2010

Bid for Concrete Flooring taken out of the Arena

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is accepting bids for the old concrete floor that made up the ice surface at the Wiarton District Community Centre and Arena.  The floor has been cut into approximately 550 pieces measuring approximately five feet by five feet by six inches thick.

Bids will be received, in sealed envelopes clearly marked 'Wiarton Arena Floor', by the Town of South Bruce Peninsula at Town Hall, 315 George Street, Wiarton, Ontario, N0H 2T0 until August 13, 2010 at 11:00a.m.. The reserve bid for all 550 concrete slabs is set at $700.00.

Details can be found at http://www.southbrucepeninsula.com/en/townhall/publicnotices.asp

July 16, 2010

The Town is continuing to look for ways to re-incorporate some of the original elements of the Arena Renovation back into the project. We are looking for donations to replace our non-commercial kitchen equipment, new, used equipment or cash donations will be accepted. This is what we are looking for:


 Information Approximate Value
 Burner Range Complete with Double Oven

 1524mmx838mmx958mm high 185,000BTU gas, 19mm

 Above Counter Pass-Through Dishwasher complete with Booster 736mmx661mmx1752mm high  45.4 amps: 208/SPH/60, 38mm drain $6,500
 Exhaust Hood

 3660mmlong x 1220mm x610mm high - 15amps; 120/60/1

1,800CFM Exhaust Air

 Fire Suppression System 15 Amps; 120/60/1 
Automatic Transfer Switch

Cutler-Hammer 4B1H of 5BIH, or ASCO Power Technologies A362 or

Thomson Technology Inc TS880

Operable Glazed Screen (For Lobby)Aluminum$12,000


If you would like to find out more about donating to this project. Please contact Cherry 519-534-1400 x 120 or email.

June 28, 2010

Construction has begun. The existing rink slab is being demolished, and boards are being stored.

June 22, 2010

H.Bye Construction from Mount Forest, ON has been awarded the contract for the renovations at $1.9M. The project has been reduced due to budget constraints - a sketch of the changes to the main floor of the renovation has been provided by the Architect as attached.

The changes include:

  • The renovation of 4 of the existing changerooms, with modest improvement
  • Addition of 1 changeroom only - for a total of 5 changerooms;
  • Removal of the multipurpose rooms from the plan; and
  • The existing kitchen equipment will be reused.

The items which have been removed from the project may be completed if funding opportunities, donations, or a very successful fundraising campaign present themselves.

If you would like to find out more about donating to this project. Please contact Cherry 519-534-1400 x 120 or email.

June 15, 2010

List of Plan Takers

June 14, 2010

List of Plan Takers

June 10, 2010

List of Plan Takers

June 8, 2010

Tender packages are now available at Town Hall or from Stafford Haensli Architects for $100 deposit. Plans may also be viewed in Town Hall. Tender closes on June 18, 2010.

May 29, 2010

Advertisements about the tender period are going into local papers.

May 13, 2010

The Fundraising Committee for this project has begun meeting and would like to invite you to their next meeting in the Council Chambers in Town Hall at 315 George St, Wiarton 7:30 p.m. June 14. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about donating to this project. Please contact Cherry 519-534-1400 x 120 or email.

April 21, 2010

The Geotechnical Engineers are doing boreholes to determine the quality of the soil, and the base soil conditions for the existing rink slab. (The existing concrete slab is 150mm thick (6"), and was laid over top of an older slab - in case you've wondered.)

March 4, 2010 - OPEN HOUSE at 5PM

You are encouraged to attend, it will be located in the Community Centre portion of the Wiarton District Community Centre & Arena. This is your opportunity to ask questions of The Town of South Bruce Peninsula staff to learn more about the Community Centre and Arena Renovation.

The Wiarton Community Centre and Arena Renovations will include the following improvements: Split Entrance (Separate Community Centre Entrance), Pro Shop, 1-2 Community Rooms (1 large, 2 divided), Snack Bar, 6 Changerooms, Elevator/Lula Lift, Storage Room Main Floor, and a renovated kitchen for the community centre.

February 9, 2010 - Council chooses a preferred alternative

Check them out - Alternative 2 Main Floor Alternative 2 2nd Floor

Compare them to what we currently have - Current Main Floor Current 2nd Floor

December 2009 - First project meeting between Stafford Haensli Architects and the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.

November 2009 - Stafford Haensli Architects retained as consultants for the Wiarton District Community Centre & Arena.

October 2009 - Three architectural and design firms interviewed.

September 2009 - Expressions of Interest from the various architecture and design firms received and evaluated.

August 2009 - Site tour of the Wiarton District Community Centre & Arena for interested architectural and design firms.