New Community & Recreation Centre

North Bay’s new community and recreation centre is currently in the design stage. Preliminary drawings and conceptual renderings for the facility, featuring dual-pad ice surfaces and other amenities, have been completed.

The design team from MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. and North Bay’s Mitchell Jensen Architects have been working on the project for several months. That work has included stakeholder consultation.

Detailed designs will soon get underway. Construction of the new community and recreation centre, which will be integrated with the existing Steve Omischl Sports Complex at 1055 Lakeshore Drive, will get underway later this year.

Marc Downing, one of the lead architects working on the design of North Bay's new community and recreation centre, provides an update on the project.

Key features of the preliminary design include:

  • public lobby with warm viewing
  • two regulation-sized ice pads (85’ x 200’)
  • 388 seats (cold and warm viewing area)
  • 300 standing room capacity in the tournament rink
  • 150 bench seats in the practice rink
  • walking track
  • multi-purpose community room
  • food services
  • 14 barrier-free multi-use change rooms to accommodate indoor and outdoor events
      • 8 dressing rooms designed to convert to 4 larger dressing rooms
      • 2 dressing rooms equipped to provide private gender neutral change rooms
  • association offices
  • 470 parking spaces for the complex
  • dedicated transit pick up/drop off locations

A New Community and Recreation Centre will replace the aging West Ferris Arena and ensure the City continues to provide residents with the same level of recreational servies and opportuniites. The new facility will also add an ice pad to the City's existing inventory, helping to better meet demand as demonstrated through public consultation and the findings of a Multi-use Recreational Facility (MURF) Feasibility Study. 

Related Documents


2012 - MURF Study Initiated

A Multi-use Recreational Facility (MURF) Feasibility Study is initiated in partnership with Sport North Bay, North Bay Partners in Hockey, Canadore College and Nipissing University. Preparation involves substantial consultation with community groups and residents through a combination of household surveys, interviews, workshops, public open houses and meetings.

2013 - MURF Study Adopted

The MURF study is adopted by Council to be used as a resource in planning of capital, seeking funding opportunities and seeking other partnerships.

2017 - Special Arena Committee Established

A Special Arena Committee is establish in light of the need to replace West Ferris Arena and to lead a directed public consultation process, facilitate timely sharing of information and investigate financial options for the selection of ice pad and site options and funding alternatives.

2017 – 2018 - Location Recommended

After eight public committee meetings and one open house, the Special Arena Committee recommneds a new facility be located adjacent to the Omischl Sports Complex to include two ice pads, a walking track and a community space.

2019 - MURF Updated

A updated to the Multi-use Recreational Facility Feasibility Study recommends that the City ideally requires two additional ice pads with the decommissioning of West Ferris Arena.

2019 - Site Selected

The Steve Omischl Sports Complex is identified as the preferred site for a new double-pad community centre. In addition, staff is directed to initiate a Request for Proposals process to select the architectural and engineering firms to assist in completing detailed cost analysis of environmental, geotechnical, and other civil infrastructure requirements and prepare the design, tendering for the construction.

2019 - Contract Awarded for Architectural and Engineering Services

City awards the Architectural and Engineering services to MJMA and Mitchell Jensen and initiates the Concept and Schematic Design Phase of the Project.

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