Wednesday, 20 March 2013

New Kingston Dome news?

During last night's Kingston City Council meeting, recreation and leisure staff reported that after two years, they are still waiting for work to proceed on the Westbrook Dome.

The Quarry Sportsplex closed in 2011, the last time there was an indoor facility available in the City of Kingston.

City staff suggested to Council that they continue to monitor the Westbrook Dome project, but also begin looking for a possible private sector partner to install a dome on the new turf field being built at John Machin Park this summer.

Currently, the City cannot afford to purchase, build, and operate a dome, but can provide the land to do so. The report noted that the dome would only be raised during the winter months, and that it would be uncovered and operated by the City of Kingston for the remainder of the year.

City commissioner Lanie Hurdle said "The intent is to have a third party that would not only operate the facility but purchase the dome." She continued noting that there should be enough business in the area to support two domes stating, "There is no monopoly on this service."

The Westbrook Dome project has been given an April 15th deadline to pay its application fees in full in order to begin the next phase of construction.

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