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New Community and Recreation Centre

North Bay’s new community and recreation centre is now fully designed and ready to be tendered, pending City Council approval.  Geotechnical engineering and detailed drawings, for the facility, featuring dual-pad ice surfaces and other amenities, are complete. 

The design team from MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. and North Bay’s Mitchell Jensen Architects has been working on the project for more than a year. That work has included stakeholder consultation, public information sessions and Council updates. 

The multi-use facility will be fully integrated with the existing Steve Omischl Sports Complex at 1055 Lakeshore Drive.

Why is this project happening?

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 services and opportunities. 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. 

Key features

  • two standard hockey size rinks
  • walking-running track
  • fully accessible building
  • warm spectator viewing areas
  • outdoor event/warm-up area
  • transit pick-up and drop-off location
  • community room/meeting space
  • community patio-veranda
  • total of 14 barrier-free change rooms, including eight capable of converting into four enlarged change rooms
  • 433 parking spaces
  • bus Parking spaces

Council update, Nov. 17, 2020.

Council update, June 23, 2020.

Architect Marc Downing provides an update on the project on Jan. 15, 2020. 

Next Steps

Conceptual Drawings

Multi-use facility
Farmers Market
Winter approach
Project site
Community Room
Building map


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.

2020 - Design Completed

Geotechnical engineering and detailed drawings, for the facility, featuring dual-pad ice surfaces and other amenities, completed. Project to be tendered, pending City Council approval.

Key Dates

Wednesday January 15 2020
Open House

Preliminary designs and conceptual renderings for North Bay’s new community centre, featuring dual-pad ice surfaces and community amenities, will be on display during an open house on Jan 15 in the Main Lobby of City Hall from 4 pm until 5:30 pm.
Location City Hall

Related Documents


John Severino, P.Eng.

City Engineer - Infrastructure & Operations (705) 474-0400 ext. 2240

Gord Young

Communications Officer (705) 474-0626 ext. 2505