When it officially opened with a lot of fanfare in the fall of 2007, the brand new New Tecumseth Recreation Centre created a lot of civic pride and a new community space that featured two ice pads including the main arena with seating for 750 spectators, an indoor field house, a restaurant, snack bar, and meeting rooms.
Since then, the building has expanded to include the 54-Plus Seniors Centre on the west side of the building.
The roof was supposed to have a life span of 15 years, however after only a few years, the facility started experiencing significant leaks which resulted in New Tecumseth Recreation Centre getting a new roof temporary measures to stop water from getting into the building.
The Town started repairs in 2018 to control the leaks but it was obvious that a full replacement would be necessary.
Work has now begun to replace the roof over the original building, which includes the three arenas and the main lobby area.
The project was included in this year’s Town budget and will cost around $830,000.
The Town secured a grant through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program that will cover more than half the cost of the project with $491,395 being made available.
The Town will be responsible for the amount of $338,605 to complete the project.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times