Final Months for Civic Centre

Many suspected it and now it has been confirmed in the 2011 Operating Budget.  The plan is to abandon the Moose Jaw Civic Centre.

Councillors received their budget packages Monday and the proposal outlines $1.2 million in funding for the multiplex facilities. Part of that budget is funding that usually goes to running the Civic Centre according to City Manager Garry McKay.

"The assumption on the Civic Centre is that it will not longer operate as a facility. It is our intention to, early in the new year, call for public proposals to see if there are any private sector initiatives out there."

If no proposal comes forward, McKay says the Civic Centre will likely be demolished. Come September when the multiplex opens, the city will drain the water from the pipes at the old facility and have no intentions of turning on the heat.

As the city prepares for the downtown facility to open in the new year, the first part of the multiplex project in Moose Jaw is said to be enjoying more success. As word spreads of the walking track at the fieldhouse and the turf, more and more people are making the trip to High Street West according to Councillor Heather Eby, who sits on the multiplex governance board.

"In the last seven weeks we have had 2662 people use the track and we've had 424 turf hours rented so far which is excellent and above our projections. We've also sold just under 300 punch cards and many are going out the door with punch cards for Christmas gifts."

Parks and Recreation Director Jody Hauta gave his monthly update at the meeting on Monday and explained work has started on preparing the ice surface for both hockey and curling at the downtown facility.  They are also looking into options for the parking lot at the fieldhouse.