The Charlottetown Multi-Use Task Force presented their report of findings to council during a special meeting last evening.
The Charlottetown Multi-Use Facility Task Force Committee was appointed by City Council in the spring of 2016. The Task Force has spent the last 18 months examining the feasibility of establishing a new sport and entertainment facility in the Capital City and creating a succession plan for aging and challenging facilities for City Council to review.
"On behalf of council, I want to thank the Multi-Use Task Force Committee for their commitment and dedication to provide us with this tremendous document," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "Each member contributed countless volunteer hours and collaborated as a group to offer a variety of perspectives, for which the City is very grateful."
The Multi-Use Task Force Committee conducted extensive research including: public consultations, user group surveys, data analysis of utilization numbers, current economic impact, cost analysis study, site visits to top rated multi-use facilities across Canada and a needs assessment exercise. Four Charlottetown facilities were reviewed as part of the study, including: Cody Banks Arena, Bell Aliant Centre, Eastlink Centre and Simmons Sports Centre.
"While council did receive the report last evening, we haven’t had time to digest or form opinions on the document," said Councillor Kevin Ramsay, Chair of the Advanced Planning, Priorities and Special Projects Committee. "We felt it was important to release the report immediately to our partners and user groups and we look forward to receiving community feedback on the document before the City takes a strong position in any particular direction."
The Task Force comprises the following members:
• Mike Hennessey, Chair;
• Brian Cameron, CPA, CA;
• Spencer Campbell, QC;
• Dennis King;
• Barb Stevenson, QC;
• Councillor Mitchell Tweel;
• Berni Wood.
"It was a pleasure to chair a committee that contained members with such passion and deep-rooted connection to this great city and the facilities we use on a regular basis," said Mike Hennessey, Chair of the Multi-Use Facility Task Force Committee. "While this project provided challenges along the way, it was also an immense learning experience and we are proud of the findings we were able to present to council."
The report concludes with an evaluation of principal options, suggested next steps, capital cost estimates, financial impacts of proposed changes and potential funding options and partners.
To download a PDF copy of the Multi-Use Facility Task Force Report, visit: http://city.charlottetown.pe.ca/pdfs2017/MUFTFC-Report-of-Findings-Dec11.pdf. Printed copies will also be available at the reception desk at City Hall (199 Queen Street). Anyone wishing to provide feedback can submit it through email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902-566-5548.
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