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City of Orillia Council establishes location and amenities for Orillia recreation centre

Posted on Monday June 01, 2015

For immediate release (June 1, 2015) – Orillia Council celebrated their six month anniversary in office Monday by making several landmark decisions on the new home, program and budget for Orillia’s new recreation facility. 

“This a momentous occasion,” said Mayor Clarke. “After years of discussion and planning, we are proud to set out a plan of action for a community centre that will be a gathering place for not only our generation, but generations to come.” 

Council decided Monday to locate the future recreation facility at 255 West Street South; a brownfield site which is located in the centre of the City, within walking distance to a number of community assets, and in an area which is critical to the revitalization of the downtown core. 

Council also confirmed the project budget, set at $45 million, with an additional $5 million allocated to capping and naturalizing the surrounding property at 255 West Street South. 

The recreation centre will house an aquatic centre, gymnasiums, multi-purpose rooms, a walking/running track, childcare room, office space and a fitness centre. Once detailed designs are underway, additional consultations and feedback will be sought from recreation user groups. 

“This community has put a considerable amount of time, resources and effort into this facility, “said Clarke. “This was not an easy decision and I’d like to thank the community for their patience while this Council took the time to review our options before coming to a decision.” 

Moving forward, Council and staff will begin work on the detailed building design and environmental site work, which will be followed by the tendering process and construction. 

Presentation boards from the May 26 Recreation Open House, which include information on the site, proposed building, and project timelines, have been posted on the project webpage at and the community is encouraged to visit the site to learn more about their future recreation centre. Frequent updates will be provided on the site as progress is made. 

“This is the first step of many towards a healthier and happier Orillia,” said Clarke.

 The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at


Mayor Steve Clarke
City of Orillia

Laura Thompson
Manager of Communications
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