Multi-Use Recreation Complex (MURC)

photo of new multi-use recreation complex

The new Multi-Use Recreation Complex (MURC) will open on March 2, 2024. The MURC is one of the largest projects in the Town’s history. It is a state-of-the-art facility offering programs and activities for people of all ages and abilities.

Join us at the MURC at 261 Garrett Styles Dr, Georgina, ON L4P 3E9. Note that the MURC is accessible from Garrett Styles off of Woodbine Avenue between Ravenshoe Road and Glenwoods Avenue. This section of Garrett Styles is not accessible from the Queensway. 

Intersection improvements Woodbine Ave. and Garrett Styles Dr.

York Region is installing a new signal at the intersection of Woodbine Ave. and Garrett Styles Dr. This is the intersection closest to the entrance to the MURC. The work will be completed by York Region from February to March 2024. .

The road will remain open to through traffic; however, lane restrictions are required to complete road improvements.

Construction notice

Woodbine Avenue and Garrett Styles Drive - Notice of Intersection Improvements | York Region

Important dates

Opening day celebration

The wait is over – the MURC will officially open on March 2, 2024.

Opening day will feature a ribbon cutting and free activities. The month of March will offer many free ‘try it’ activities allowing the public to try their hand at a variety of activities including swimming, basketball and pickleball, and a variety of Maker Space technology including 3D printers, button makers and Cricut machines. A presentation went to Council on Feb. 7, providing an update on programming for recreation and the Discovery Branch Library. Accessible formats of the presentation are available by request.  The spring session for all programs and lessons will begin in April. Registration opens on March 5 for residents and March 12 for non-residents. 

Get details about the event at georgina.ca/MURCopening.

MURC Exclusive Opportunity

Thank you to everyone who entered the MURC Grand Opening Exclusive Opportunity! Submissions are now closed and only selected participants will be contacted.

Join us on March 2 for our grand opening event - it promises to be an exciting celebration!

Try it March

‘Try it' activities allow the public to try their hand at a variety of things, including swimming, basketball and pickleball at the new facility. Pre-registration for drop-in programs is recommended. Registration can be done online.

Register now

Try it March Schedule

  • Sat., March 2, 2024 – Grand opening
  • Sun., March 3, 2024 - Free Kindersport (10 a.m.)
  • Mon., March 4, 2024 - Free Aquafit (9 a.m.)
  • Tues., March 5, 2024 - Free Stroller Fit (10 a.m.)
  • Wed., March 6, 2024 - Free Parent and Child Swim (9 a.m.)
  • Thurs., March 7, 2024 - Free Lane Swim (7:30 p.m.)
  • Fri., March 8, 2024 - Free Play Group (10 a.m.)
  • Sat., March 9, 2024 - Free Public Swim (2:30 p.m.)
  • Sun., March 10, 2024 - Free Lane Swim(7:30 a.m.)
  • Mon., March 11, 2024 - Free Basketball (4 p.m.)
  • Tues., March 12, 2024 - Free Public Swim (2:30 p.m.)
  • Wed., March 13, 2024 - Free Sports of all sorts (3 p.m.)
  • Thurs., March 14, 2024 - Free Accessibility Swim (12:30 p.m.)           
  • Fri., March 15, 2024 - Free Family Badminton (3 p.m.)
  • Sat., March 16, 2024 - Free Aquafit (9:30 a.m.)
  • Sun., March 17, 2024 - Free Parent and Child (9:30 a.m.)
  • Mon., March 18, 2024 - Free Open Play Pickleball (8 a.m.)
  • Tues., March 19, 2024 - Free Aquafit (8:15 p.m.)
  • Wed., March 20, 2024 - Free Lane Swim (7:30 a.m.)
  • Thurs., March 21, 2024 - Youth Basketball (4 p.m.)
  • Fri., March 22, 2024 - Free Aquafit (10 a.m.)
  • Sat., March 23, 2024 - Free Ladies only pickleball (10 a.m.)
  • Sun., March 24, 2024 - Free Open Gym (11 a.m.)
  • Mon., March 25, 2024 - Free Older Adult Lane swim (12:30 p.m.)
  • Tues., March 26, 2024 - Free Basketball 16+ (7 p.m.)
  • Wed., March 27, 2024 - Free Drop in youth Basketball 9-16years (4 p.m.)
  • Thurs., March 28, 2024 - Free Lane Swim (5:15 p.m.)
  • Fri., March 29, 2024 - Good Friday
  • Sat., March 30, 2024 - Free Public Swim (12:30 p.m.)

Features

Included at the MURC

The MURC includes:

  • Six-lane 25-metre pool
  • Two-depth leisure pool
  • Therapy pool
  • Double gymnasium
  • Indoor walking track
  • Multi-use meeting/activity rooms
  • Active living space
  • Discovery Branch Library

The Discovery Branch is your new community living room. This inclusive, multi-generational and multi-purpose space will include expanded programs, quiet study rooms, spaces for people to meet and connect, an outdoor reading garden, and a Maker Space with exciting new tools and technology including a music and video recording studio, a laser cutter, sewing and embroidery machines, a large format printer, and more. Get more information at georginalibrary.ca/DiscoveryBranch

Accessibility

The MURC is accessible to all, meeting all building codes and Facility Accessibility Design Standards (FADS). All three pools feature accessible ramps and the second floor of the building can be reached using a fully accessible elevator. Learn more about accessible features and programs for our facilities on our accessibility inclusion page.

Sponsorship

The MURC is available for multiple naming rights and corporate sponsorship opportunities.
Contact Patti White, Manager of Recreation Services, at pwhite@georgina.ca, to express your interest in the MURC facility today.

Employment

The Town is always looking for great people to join its team. Keep an eye on the Careers page for employment opportunities and the Events Calendar for job fairs.

Photos and videos

Side by side of the MURC Pool with ramp walk in and wall of windows
Side by side of the MURC Gym, wooden floors, windows on the opposite wall and basketball hoops

Progress photos November 2023

Left outside of a building with trucks Right: Side of the a building with trees in planters
Left: Outside of building with freshly planted trees Right: concrete steps down a hill
Left: Indoor pool under construction Right: indoor gymnasium under construction

 

Left: main desk under construction Right Inside of building under construction

Progress photos October 2023

photo of new multi-use recreation complex
left: Scoreboard on white wall right: looking up at windows
Left: lanes on floor of a pool right: pool filled with construction in the background

 

Video

Location map

Map of Georgina with the MURC identified

Sustainability

For the MURC, a sustainability strategy was developed with consultants that were appropriate for the project and meet the Town's objectives.

LEED Gold certification

LEED Gold certification is being pursued for the MURC. LEED Gold was determined to represent both a high level of performance and an achievable goal within the budget of the project.

The project uses materials with high solar reflectance index (SRI) values to minimize effects on microclimates and wildlife habitats. This includes a light-coloured roof that helps to mitigate the Heat Island Effect. This contributes to a cooler environment and decreases the heat being absorbed by the building in the summer. This is one of the LEED credits that have already been approved for the project.  

Optimize Energy Performance is another credit, which includes a high R-value building envelop which was also awarded. The R-Value for our roof is R-40, and there are other aspects of the construction like thermal breaks and other insulation that are contributing to these. This also ties in with six innovation credits with a focus on indoor air quality and better building energy performance with a total annual site energy reduction of 28 per cent and a reduction in annual Green House Gas emissions of 38 per cent from the baseline. The building has been designed to achieve a 40 per cent reduction in indoor potable water use and utilizes the metering of energy sources.

The project utilizes air-side heat recovery to precondition ventilation air (both heating and cooling) from exhaust air, thus reducing energy consumption. 

Finally, the project includes five biophilic design strategies to connect occupants with nature through the built environment. The design team focused on these and other credits to achieve the highest possible sustainable goals for this project within its budget and timeline.

Timeline

MURC timeline

Documents

Project updates and reports

Monthly project updates

Council reports

To view the Council agendas and meeting minutes, visit the Agendas, meeting minutes and broadcast archives webpage.

Concept design

On Nov. 27, 2019, the design for the new MURC was revealed at the Town Council meeting. 

Concept design for the MURC

Public input sessions

Multi-Use Recreation Complex - May 27 and June 4, 2019 

Business case for the MURC

Business case for the Multi-Use Recreation Complex - Nov. 16, 2018 

Attachments

Frequently asked questions

Get answers to the most commonly asked questions or send your question to  Community Services.

Contact Us

26557 Civic Centre Rd,
Keswick, ON  L4P 3G1

T: 905-476-4301 / 705-437-2210
F: 905-476-8100
info@georgina.ca

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.