Davidson Centre breaking ground


The year 2010 is certainly going to be one of renewal and transformation for recreation in the Municipality of Kincardine.


On May 1, ground will be broken and construction will begin on the Davidson Centre Gymnasium addition.  After years of planning, we have all waited patiently to see this new addition materialize. The Municipality of Kincardine conducted a widespread “Community Centre Needs and Feasibility Study” in 2008/2009 and based on the recommendations from that study and funding support from the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, an addition on the east side of the Davidson Centre has been designed.


Components of the addition include a new gymnasium, new ice arena dressing rooms, additional equipment rooms, a much-needed warm viewing area for the arena, and a walking/running track surrounding the gymnasium on the upper level.  During a meeting this week with architects SAI of Toronto, plans were fine-tuned and all involved were impressed with the scope and progress of the work presented. 


An all-new entrance which will orient towards Durham Street and upgrades to the existing facade will give the Centre a renewed and contemporary look.  Inside, a desperately needed program update and expansion will provide the many user groups in the area with more community space all around.  SAI’s designs show a sympathetic blending of the exterior with the newly constructed seniors centre on the south side of the Davidson Centre.  The plans are truly comprehensive but there are always details needing additional coverage beyond the available grants.  Some of these items include a sound system, score clock, retractable bleachers, gymnasium equipment, and furniture.  Community fund-raising has already gathered $295,000 with the ultimate goal being $750,000.


With creative ways to make donations both corporate and private sponsors can be permanently recognized in this high profile and well-used facility.  With any questions on how to contribute donations or to view design plans and drawings contact Mike Eadie at the Davidson Centre directly: 396-3491 or contact him by email at recsupervisor@bmts.com.


Athina Gatos

Davidson Centre Revitalization Committee