Grimsby’s Peach King Centre expansion plans take a symbolic step forward

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Just as peach season winds down, renovations to Grimsby’s Peach King Centre have taken a symbolic step forward.

On Aug. 19, members of Grimsby council met with MPP Sam Oosterhoff to install the blue ‘Ontario Builds’ sign, to show that the renovations are underway.

Behind the scenes, progress has been made to advance the renovation process, including the selection of project management firm Colliers Project Leaders to help manage the upgrades.

The town is also preparing to select an architect to create a detailed design for the plans, which will be done in the coming months, according to Trevor Ruzylo, recreation supervisor at the Town.

Once the plans are made public, the community will have the opportunity to provide feedback and comments.

Plans for the expansion were set in motion in 2019. In July 2021, the project was selected for funding through the provincial government's Strategic Priorities Infrastructure Fund. That grant was for $16 million, with the Town contributing $5.84 million toward the total cost of $21 million.

The centrepiece of the plans includes a full-sized gymnasium with a walking track.

Plans also include a community space, improved dressing rooms and arena space, and better accessibility.

The proposals will be confirmed during the design phase.

Mayor Jeff Jordan said that the plans would help meet the needs of residents in the area, as the need for community and recreation facilities has grown since the pandemic.

“I am excited to see the ongoing progress on the Peach King Centre project as we work to build a community and recreation hub to meet the growing needs of Grimsby’s residents for years to come,” he said.

Chris Pickles, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News