Hi Folks yesterday, 24th November 2015, there was another meeting of the Sports Complex steering committee at Council Chambers. They are getting very close to formalizing the final recommendation that will be presented to the whole of Council and the public on 1st December.
Many groups have presented their needs and wants to the committee over this last many months. The steering committee are listening and have formulated the following recommendations based on this input todate.
Total Sq Ft has been increased to 240,000sq ft which is about max for the property we have to work with. Budget has been increased to $81-$83 miliion dollars.
The complex will contain a three tank aqua centre including a 25m competitive pool.
A triple Gym, 4 Icepads, and a four lane running track. Along with storage and function room space
It will also be the new home of the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame.
Personally I think this is amazing and will be an incredible facility for recreational and competitive users alike.
What's missing ? There is no plan to include a 50m pool at this time or to make one of the Ice Rinks Olympic size. This is because there has been little public interest shown in these two requirements. I know there are groups that would benefit from such inclusions however they have kept their thoughts to themselves to date.
If you love what's being proposed or have changes you would like to see there will be an opportunity, perhaps one of the final ones, to make your case when the plan will be presented at the Council Chambers 1st Dec meeting. I strongly advise that you attend this meeting and book time to speak if you have any views on this subject. It won't do any good complaining to the Times once the plan has been accepted.
If you have any questions that you feel Active Cambridge can help with just let me know
SEE YOU AT 7:00PM, Council Chambers, 1st December 2015
Very Best regards Alex
On the 12th November three members of the A/C board of Directors and I attended the presentation of the proposed Sports Multiplex. The presentation that followed was full of exciting possibilities, some solid creativity and some disappointments.
First the exciting stuff, seeing conceptual pictures of what will be a reality by 2018 was brilliant. We are still at the concept stage but the centre seemed that much closer and real. The Steering committee have listened, to a large extent, to public input. We will have an awesome aqua centre with three tanks. One 25m pool built to competition standards with observer viewing and two smaller pools at warmer temperatures for the recreational soakers.
We will have a four lane running track capable of handling runners and walkers all at the same time.
We could have up to four icepads, two Gym spaces and several other general purpose facility rooms. This complex will also become the permanent home of the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame which honours and celebrates the great athletic achievers that Cambridge has produced.
Pretty great so far so what's missing ?. A/C has lobbied for a 50m pool and one Olympic sized Ice pad so that both the pool and Ice will offer more flexibility in what it can offer sports groups in our great community. for example A 50m Pool could also be used by the local dive club, synchronized swimming and water polo.
An Olympic sized Ice pad could not only give our rep hockey players the chance to practice on the larger ice but also host Short track speed skating and figure skating.
Unfortunately the groups that would get the most use out of these extra facilities have not formally approached the steering committee and made their needs known. This has left the decision makers feeling that the investment might not get enough use. So its now up to these groups to make their needs known before concept becomes reality. So to this groups .... its now up to you
Similarly A/C strongly believes that the Gym space being suggested is way to little. Big users like the Volleyball community and basketball could gobble up this space on their own and still need more. Add to that the many smaller clubs that need affordable gym space each week. Once again the Steering committee need to hear from you very soon. There are options to include much more Gym space but it will require these groups to step up and make their case known and soon.
As the Active Cambridge Activator and having the experience of presenting to the Steering Committee several times I would be happy to work with any group that wants to approach these folks and present their case. Please don't wait "Times a wasting" Best Regards Alex
After 40 years in the corporate world I happily accepted the post of Active Cambridge Activator a couple of years ago. As a personal trainer I felt I could bring some incite and enthusiasm to a subject that I feel very passionate about, physical and mental well being.