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.
Wednesday January 15 2020
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