Chris Gibson Recreation Centre To Undergo Big Expansion At A Cost Of $18 Million

Ministers and Mayor Brown outside the Chris Gibson Recreation Centre. Pic: Ministry of Infrastructure.

BRAMPTON: The Ontario government is investing over $18 million to expand the Chris Gibson Recreation Centre in Brampton.

This investment will support the renovation of existing spaces inside the centre to help make it fully accessible, while also creating a full-sized gymnasium, and helping to upkeep the facility’s amenities including an ice rink, pool and racquetball courts.

“In the face of COVID-19, the Ontario government continues to move forward with infrastructure projects to strengthen communities,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure.

“Supporting meaningful projects like this one in Brampton will make a positive difference to the families who live in the community, while also protecting their health and well-being today, and for many years to come.”

“A growing city like Brampton needs spaces for families and friends to gather together, build community, and support development,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton South.

Inside the Chris Gibson Recreation Centre – which will see a full renovation. Pic: Ministry of Infrastructure.

“The vision for the expanded Chris Gibson Recreation Centre will help more Bramptonians enjoy all our great city has to offer. By investing to improve facilities and access to community spaces today, we’re helping build a better Brampton for hardworking families tomorrow.”

“COVID-19 has created challenges for everyone, including our municipal partners,” said Amarjot Sandhu, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton West.

“By making this investment of over $25.5 million on the expansion of Chris Gibson Recreation Centre with a provincial contribution of around $18.8 million, our government is not only improving critical infrastructure and accessibility, but we are also strengthening local economies, creating jobs and laying the foundation for our long-term recovery in Brampton.”

“We welcome today’s infrastructure announcement by the Government of Ontario at the Chris Gibson Recreation Centre. These renovations will give residents access to a more modern recreational facility where they can come together to maintain healthy and active lifestyles. Our recreation centres continue to play an important role in our community,” said Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton.

• The total expansion of the Chris Gibson Recreation Centre in Brampton will cost approximately $25 million.

• Over the next decade, the government is investing over $145 billion in Ontario’s infrastructure, including strategic investments in transit and highways, schools and hospitals.

• Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) to support public transit; community, culture and recreation; green; rural and northern and other priority infrastructure projects.

• Across the province and over the next 10 years, Ontario is investing approximately $320 million and Canada is investing approximately $407 million under the Community, Culture and Recreation infrastructure stream of the ICIP. This stream supports the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities that improve community infrastructure (community centres, libraries), recreational venues (arenas, recreational spaces) and cultural spaces (theatres, museums). 

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