Pulling back the red curtain, the Town of Georgina revealed the design for the new Multi-use Recreation Complex (MURC). The “HUB” design will reflect the Town’s history, promote social and physical well-being, and include outdoor areas for learning and activities.
“It’s been an exciting process to get to this point, where we can now visualize what the MURC will look like,” said Mayor Margaret Quirk. “The architects worked with the community to create this design, and I want to thank everyone for their participation and feedback. This new recreation complex will ensure we are able to deliver the programs and services to meet the needs of our residents.”
The concept of grouping core programs around a HUB or centre was inspired by the history and geography of Georgina. The simple forms reflect the local language of barns, agricultural buildings and marinas.
The planned location for the MURC is on the west side of Woodbine Avenue between Glenwoods Avenue and Ravenshoe Road. It will be a community space for the whole family. The MURC is anticipated to feature a lap and leisure pool, full gymnasium, meeting and multi-purpose rooms, and a Discovery Library branch. Following feedback from the community, a dedicated therapy pool has also been added. This small therapy pool for high water temperatures and a two-depth leisure pool will facilitate lessons and leisure swimming, while supporting therapy programing and shallow water aqua fit in the deeper side. The six-lane leisure pool remains as originally planned.
The design for the MURC was developed with public and stakeholder consultation that included public input sessions, surveys and outreach throughout the Town at various community events. Information was shared on social media, in print and online on the dedicated Building Georgina webpage. A video was also created that highlighted the community involvement in the project.
The Town has applied for an Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) grant. Final funding approval from the federal government may not be received until summer 2020.
To learn more about the MURC and other Building Georgina projects, visit georgina.ca/BuildingGeorgina.