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FIFA-sized artificial turf field part of multi-million-dollar indoor facility proposed for Kitchener

Proposal is to adopt geothermal heating and cooling for $144-million facility

March 21, 2024  By Turf & Rec


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A multi-purpose indoor recreation facility has been proposed for the City of Kitchener’s RBJ Schlegel Park at an expected cost of $144 million.

The facility is to include a FIFA-sized indoor artificial turf field that can be divided into smaller sections. The field can be used for soccer, lacrosse and cricket.

The centre will also include an aquatic complex, walking track and multi-purpose room. The facility is expected to have expansion space to accommodate a future gymnasium.

A study conducted in 2019 indicated there was a need for indoor sports facilities in the city.

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The city wishes to use a geothermal heating and cooling system for the facility, making it a carbon net-zero building. An array of solar panels would also be installed.

The cost of the facility is to have no impact upon municipal taxes. Instead, funding would come from previous federal and provincial grants along with development charges.

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The project proposal is to be heard at the committee level next week before going to council in April. If approved, work could get underway in May with completion possible by the summer of 2026.

This article is part of the Parks & Rec Week.
This article is part of the Municipalities Week.

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