City Adopts Multi-Use Sport and Event Centre Plan

City Adopts Multi-Use Sport and Event Centre Funding Model and Implementation Plan
Posted on 07/31/2020
Charlottetown City Council voted to adopt and endorse a Charlottetown Multi-Use Sport and Event Centre Funding Model and Implementation Plan presented this week in Council Chambers by Sierra Planning and Management, the company hired by the municipality to create the Plan.

The Plan builds on the City of Charlottetown Multi-use Facility Task Force Report of Findings previously delivered by Sierra Planning and Management in 2017.

The document, accepted by Council, includes a funding framework, business plan justification, and implementation plan for the development of a multi-use sport and event centre for the Capital City.

“Although City Council has accepted the funding model and implementation plan, there is still a lot of work that has to be done and firm decisions that need to be made,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “In order for the City of Charlottetown – the Birthplace of Confederation – to move forward with the development of a new multi-use sport and event centre, government partnerships and beyond will be paramount. We must also be strategic and consider the replacement of our aging community arenas, in conjunction with the development of a new multi-use sport and event centre.”

The City of Charlottetown has commenced the process of working through Sierra Planning and Management’s 21 recommendations for next steps contained within the Funding Model and Implementation Plan. There will be opportunities for the public, venue user groups, and other stakeholders to engage with the City as the process advances.

“A multi-use sport and event centre is more than an arena. Such centres are flexible and scalable facilities, and therefore capable of hosting a wide variety of specialized events that go well beyond those community-focused ‘flat floor’ events hosted in arena facilities. They are designed specifically to accommodate the detailed requirements of a broad range of ticketed activities and events, bringing substantial economic activity to a destination,” said Councillor Alanna Jankov, Chair of the City’s Strategic Priorities and Intergovernmental Cooperation committee. “The construction of a new multi-use sport and event centre is not solely about infrastructure development. It is equally as much about downtown waterfront regeneration through the continued implementation of the Eastern Gateway Master Plan, as well as tax base growth.”

Councillor Jankov, who chairs the committee responsible for overseeing the work with Sierra Planning and Management, stressed during the recent meeting of Council that the City cannot lose sight of the fact that Simmons Sports Centre replacement requires immediate attention.

“We are at a point where to do nothing is not an option,” she said. “In fact, there is a cost to doing nothing… the Simmons Sports Centre is at the end of its lifecycle, build costs for sport and event centres continue to rise annually, and the longer we hesitate the more likely we are to lose competitive edge – and therefore economic benefits – in the lucrative sport and event market.”

A public consultation process for feedback on the Charlottetown Multi-Use Sport and Event Centre Funding Model and Implementation Plan will be announced in the coming months. The report is available online at: https://www.charlottetown.ca/resident_services/plans_reports_studies