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Last chance for feedback on the $26 million Waterloo Rec Centre addition

Today is the last chance to have your say in a $26 million expansion planned for the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Centre.

The planned expansion will see three major components including adding a two story older adult recreation facility.

Also the banquet hall is to be turned into a fitness area, and a gym will be added to the front entrance area.

City staff have finished a draft, but before the make it final they would like one last chance for public input.

City of Waterloo policy analyst Beth Ranjovich says nothing is set in stone and there is still time for changes if there is something people don’t like,

“We have come up with one design option, but it is a draft, so we are only showing one version today, but based on the community feedback we will be adjusting that version.” Said Ranjovich.

One major issue planners are dealing with is the lack of bus transportation on Father David Bauer Drive.

This is a major issue for seniors who will be coming to use the older adult recreation facility.

Ranjovich says they are working on a solution, “We are still hearing that people want a bus route to travel down Father David Bauer Drive and so the Mayor and senior management are planning to meet with the leadership at GRT and the Region to discuss that further.” Said Ranjovich.

The plan goes to council for a vote in December of this year. If passed shovels won’t hit the dirt until the spring of 2019 at the earliest.

The drop in sessions run from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Centre.

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