WHITBY, ONT. — A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently to officially mark the start of construction on the Whitby Sports Complex and outdoor park.
The new 160,000-square-foot facility and park are being built west of Baldwin Street South, south of the intersection of Highway 407 in Whitby, Ont. and are expected to open in late 2025.
The amenities planned to be part of the complex include:
- an aquatic centre with a 25-metre, 10-lane pool, separate leisure pool and second floor spectator viewing area which will make the Whitby Sports Complex home to the largest pool in Durham Region;
- a double gymnasium with three-lane indoor walking track;
- a twin-pad arena with 85-foot-by-190-foot ice pads; and
- flexible spaces to support community programs, meetings, and arts and cultural activities.
A number of environmental sustainability initiatives incorporated into the facility’s design will make it the first Zero Carbon building and LEED Gold facility in Canada to include a twin pad arena, gymnasium and aquatics facility, states a release.
The facility will also be built to accommodate visitors of all abilities, featuring a fully accessible ramp from the ground floor to the second floor and centrally located barrier-free spectator seating in the aquatics and arena areas.
The 13-acre outdoor park neighbouring the facility is also planned to include pickleball, tennis and basketball courts; a multi-purpose sports field; a playground; as well as a skatepark and pump track.