Trisan Centre gets an enthusiastic grand opening Monday
The praises of the new facility were sung by many Monday morning as the new arena was officially opened.
It is a multi-use facility, which includes a National Hockey League sized ice pad, seating for about 600 people, a foursheet curling rink, fitness centre, walking and running track and meeting accommodations. As well, York Region has a new two-bay paramedic response station.
Mayor Steve Pellegrini called it “a much-needed and welcome addition to our community.”
He added the timing of the grand opening was perfect, as it coincided with the Township’s work on its long-term sustainability planning exercise. “This facility is a showcase to our commitment for a sustainable King,” he remarked.
“I am incredibly grateful to the federal and Provincial government, and our municipal partner, the Regional Municipality of York, for the support and funding that made this long overdue project a reality,” Pellegrini said. “This facility is a wonderful and welcome addition to our community that will benefit the residents of King Township for years to come.”
Oak Ridges — Markham MP Paul Calandra recalled the project was started at a time when the economy was slumping. He said that was a “very frightening time,” but added the various levels of government worked together to help the situation locally.
Calandra agreed there will still be a sentimental attachments to the old arena in Schomberg, but “I don’t think you’ll mind this brand new spectacular facility.”
"Today’s official opening of the Trisan Centre is due to the hard work of town staff and volunteers who have worked closely with MPP Jaczek and I to bring this facility to fruition,” he added. “This facility is one of thousands of projects across Canada, that as part of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan, will provide lasting benefits to Canadians through a modernized and greener infrastructure.”
Calandra, among others, also had plenty of praise for the work of Maple Reinders Construction Ltd., who got the centre built on time and on budget. He called it one of the best contracting jobs he had ever seen.
Oak Ridges — Markham MPP Dr. Helena Jaczek stressed this project provided a lot of short-term jobs to the area, as well as numerous long-term benefits, as she said the value of the facility is going to be felt for years.
“It really has been a good couple of years, in terms of what we have been able to achieve,” she commented.
“The opening of this facility is a testament to the Province’s investment in our communities,” she added. “The recreational facility will encourage families to live healthier lifestyles by promoting activity all the while spending quality time together.”
As the former medical officer of health for the Region, Jaczek was pleased that the EMS facility was included with the project. She recalled the time in 1997, when the Province downloaded responsibility for land ambulance on the Region, and they saw the need to get the response times reduced.
“The new Paramedic Response Station is part of our strategy to improve or build new paramedic response stations alongside other Regional or municipal services to respond to population growth and call demand,” said Regional Chair- man Bill Fisch. “Most importantly, the new station will better serve the residents of the community by providing vital emergency medical services, 24 hours, seven days a week.”
He also pointed out the station in Schomberg was not anticipated for another couple of years. But the availability of stimulus funding from the federal and Provincial governments created the opportunity to move ahead faster.
The $14.6 million project received $4.72 million in funding from each the federal and Provincial governments, under the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, and the Township. It was complemented by a $700,000 million investment from the Region.
“It makes a huge difference when we have all levels of government working together for a common goal,” he added.
The facility has been built in accordance with York’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard. Sustainable design features include waterefficient landscaping that will reduce the need for water by 50 per cent; innovative wastewater technologies reducing potable water for sewage conveyance by 50 per cent by capturing rainwater to flush toilets; and a roof designed to keep the building cooler in warm weather. As well, about half of the construction waste was diverted from landfill.
Schomberg Arena Board Chair Bob Hunt recalled June 12, 2009, when a crowd stood on the front steps of the old arena and accepted a cheque from Calandra and Jaczek for $9.44 million to get this new project going.
He also had plenty of praise for the current and past councils for supporting the plans throughout.
“It’s an amazing facility,” he declared.
He also complimented the work of Maple Reinders. “These guys were amazing to work with.”
He also thanked those behind the community fundraising efforts, as well as praising the work of Township staff.