One of the big complaints of residents and young people in Brampton is the lack of things to do in the city. That may be changing if the city’s new skating facility in Chinguacousy Park is a reflection of the types of venues we can expect in the future. While it may not have the awe factor of skating on Rideau Canal in the middle of Winter, its heated seating and warming stations definitely promises to make it more enjoyable.
The facility’s $6 Million dollar cost sounds excessive for a skating rink until you visit and experience the scope of what is being built for residents. The outdoor facility is in the shape of an irregular canal that will accommodate up to 500 skaters. Skaters of varying abilities will be able to enjoy the rink without disturbing the flow. In the summer months the facility becomes a large, shallow reflective pool that can also be drained for outdoor social events or gatherings. The facility also features pedestrian pathway connections, open plaza spaces, landscaping, lighting and furniture. Did we mention heated seating areas and warming stations?
Over 3 Million pounds of concrete was used during the “big pour” phase of the construction that took 9 hours, 60 people and 58 truckloads of concrete.
The facility is located adjacent to the familiar big red barn and gardens at Chinguacousy Park with easy access to transit and parking. It is an impressive addition to the city’s Gage Park skating trail that may even draw visitors from across the GTA.
The facility is nearing completion and is scheduled to open this winter. Surprisingly, the facility hasn’t been named yet. We want your suggestions on what to name it. Provide your suggestion below by Friday Sept 30, 2016. We will compile all entries and submit to the City staff for review.
The winner(s) will be recognized with an onsite photo and bragging rights.