Last night I attended and presented at the City Council meeting dealing specifically with the proposed Multiplex for Cambridge. As you have no doubt read there has been some concern raised by the community regarding the process used to decide on the currently proposed location of Conestoga College.
Concerns were heard last night during a very lengthy meeting, .
The outcome was that council did vote positively on the concept design for the facilities within the building.
Which will contain two Ice pads initially with an option to later add two more. A three tank aqua centre including a ten lane 25m competition pool There will also be three Gymnasiums and a four lane running track. There will also be room allocated for the Sports Hall of Fame and three activity rooms that will be available for meetings and fitness activities that do do require Gym size space. I am very happy that the city has listened to our presentations and reacted positively to our requests.
A special thanks to Ron Campbell (Aquajets) and Paul Langan (Scorpions Volleyball) who were very instrumental in persuading council of the need for competition swimming facilities and extra Gym space for Volleyball.
The decision regarding the location has been delayed until September until an independent organization (Deloitte) can assess all possible locations being suggested, comparing costs for each. Findings will be made to the public in early September with a final vote taking place at the end of that month.
I believe the progress made last night was very positive and has brought the Multiplex closer to reality. However there will be an overriding budget limitation so the facilities may need to be modified if another location is eventually chosen at a greater cost than the $2.5m currently in the plan with Conestoga. There is only one pot of money to be shared with land acquisition and sports facilities requirements.
I have been very proud to act as spokesperson for Active Cambridge am very happy that we have been seen as a very credible organization and worth listening to. Thank you all for your support.
As I have not heard back from everyone regarding your personal feelings on the Multiplex project. I have prefixed my public comments with a statement that although I represent a large group of sports and fitness groups in Cambridge some of my comments are personal views.
Always happy to hear your thoughts or comments. Very Best regards Alex
Hi Folks if you are following the progress of the proposed Sport Multiplex in Cambridge you will be interested to know that the concept is quickly turning into reality.
Last Wednesday evening, 9th March there was a special council meeting to look at the latest proposal.
I personally am very excited about what is being proposed as it will be a
tremendous asset to the sports and fitness minded residents of Cambridge. However I am also concerned that there is not enough emphasis being placed on making the new facility not just a recreational location but a place to develop sport excellence.
This is Cambridge's opportunity to build a facility where athletes can develop and train in their respective chosen sports. it should also be a location of choice for competition attracting potentially millions of tourist dollars to our city.
City Council are working hard to balance public wants and needs with a budget that is not limitless. It is important that they here from all the groups that would have stake in this amazing project.
Time is running out to have your say, so if a Sports facility of this quality is important to you, speak now or forever hold you peace.
If you have ideas and thoughts I would appreciate hearing from you. I am sure council would also.
Best Regards Alex
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
Hi everyone I was very fortunate to be able to attend the City sponsored Sports Award banquet this past Friday evening, 7th November. It was a very proud moment for several reasons. It was amazing to witness the celebration of how rich Cambridge is in young high achieving athletes. Also the amazing volunteers who provide their time unselfishly to coach and support within all the great clubs and sports activities available us.
What was especially awesome was to see how many of our Active Cambridge Members were being recognized for their achievments in sports excellence.
A quick summary:
Team of the Year ........................ Cheersports Sharks
Sports Organization of the year ..... Aquajets Swim Club
Sports Contributor of the Year ....... Paul Langan, Scorpions Volleyball
Athlete of the year finalist ............. Madeline Gardiner, Dynamo Gymnastics
Athlete of the year Finalist ........... Julia Hourahine, Hourahine's Martial Arts Centre
Athlete of the Year ....................... Richard Shoebridge, Cambridge Speed Skating
You guys and all your competitors are amazing people. You make us proud, keep up the great work.
Hi Folks just wanted to share a thought with you regarding this past weekend. First the closing of the Commonwealth Games saw Canada collect 82 medals and finish in third place out of 71 countries. Second great moment, Canada dominated the CITI Open Tennis tournament. In the Men's final, two Canadians battling it out for the championship. This is Canada in the US capital don't forget.
Third great moment, one of our own member groups the Stars Orienteering group brought three gold medal home from a major competition in Whistler.
We all should be very proud of our athletes and the enormous effort they have to put in to be able to compete at International levels.
What does all this have to do with Active Cambridge ? Well this calibre of athlete does not just happen, they come from a strong infrastructure where they are coached and nurtured from entry level to world class athlete. That's where you all can take a big bow because in many cases you are the start of that journey for many of our Cambriddge youth.
Celebrate Canada's performance on the world stage for sure and also celebrate that you and your organizations are playing a huge role in inspiring and engaging our youth on to continued Canadian successes.
I was just checking our website statistics and noticed that people do read my Blog. So this inspired me to update this tab. I spend a lot of my time around very positive, highly motivated individuals on purpose. Their energy and enthusiasm inspires me to keep pushing for new experiences and improved performance in whatever activity I am engaged in at the time.
Many of these folks are amateur and sometimes full time athletes, who all share the same love of life and the well being that keeping fit delivers. It seems like such an obvious statement that a healthy body delivers more energy, helps fight off infections and generally allows its owner to enjoy a high quality of life. So why is it that so many people take their bodies for granted choosing not to exercise and eating what is easy and quick.
As a Personal Trainer and Activator for A/C I continue to look for ways to help inspire people to take some ownership for themselves and choose a healthier lifestyle. It feels so good when people do get the message and are rewarded with sometimes radical positive changes in their lives. How to reach the rest of our community remains a challenge that we will continue pursue.
Hi everyone I hope you all had an amazing Christmas holiday with your friends and families. Now we have a brand new year to look forward to and if you are like me this is a time for a little reflection on how the last year unfolded for you and where you would like life to take you in the next year. We traditionally wish each other health and happiness for the new year without perhaps realizing that we control a large part of making these wishes come true for ourselves.
Research tells us that over 70% of chronic illnesses today are lifestyle induced. The self imposed stress we place on ourselves by trying to be everywhere at once takes an immense toll on our health and happiness.
Many of us have family members who are dependent on us, children, spouses, older family members etc.. so what happens if you are not on the top of your game and can't be there for them ?
Keeping your self physically and mentally strong and centred is not a nice to have its a basic building block for you and your families well being.
So my wish for you in 2014 is Health and Happiness, and the hope that you find the inner focus to find both Very Best Regards Alex
Its hard to believe but soon we will be moving into our sixth year in existence and as we look back it has been an exciting and rewarding journey so far. We have seen substantial growth and diversity in our membership. We have developed the Active City TV show which has significantly enabled us to reach a much wider audience.
In 2012 in collaboration with the City of Cambridge and the YMCA we were able to step up to competing in the National competition "Live Right Now" the search for the most Active community in Canada. Cambridge came in first place in Ontario and second place in Canada. We like to think that Active Cambridge and its membership was a key factor in mobilizing our community into getting involved.
In the last six years we have learned much about how to be effective and technology has improved tremendously in internet capabilities. For this reason we are launching a new version of the Active cambridge website. Some of the old features have been improved and others have been removed. We hope the overall result is a more currenteresting and current experience for visitors.
Your thoughts, suggestions etc.. are always welcome either by commenting on this blog or sending an email to email@example.com Very 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.