Prince George’s Family YMCA took the first step last week towards construction of a massive expansion that could more than double the size of the existing Y’ facility.
Colin Reid, executive director of the Family Y, said Monday that the consultants to design the $11.5 million expansion had been named and preliminary designs of the facility which will include an indoor walking/jogging track, gymnasium, indoor soccer facility, swimming pool, daycare, and racquet courts will be completed some time early next month.
“If you go to a similar sized city in Canada you’d see a Y about twice the size of ours,” said Reid. “This way we can get in line with other cities as well as solve the community need for an expanded indoor soccer facility.”
No date has been set to break ground on the expansion, and construction alone will take at least one full year, said Reid. He estimated the facility could be complete within three years at the earliest.
“It is a fairly compressed time frame,” he said. “But we’d done some earlier work and the indoor soccer group and ourself had done some independent and co-operative work already.”
The preliminary design phase will be done by Vancouver firm Roger Hughes Partner Architects, in conjunction with local designer Bryan Chernoff Thompson, at a cost of approximately $40,000. Eleven firms bid on the chance to draw-up the preliminary design.
City council approved a donation of $20,000 towards the design of the new facility after a presentation by the YMCA and the BCISL at a council meeting in March.
BCISL director Dave McWalter estimated at that time that a new indoor soccer facility in PG would attract as many as 1,500 new youth and 500 new adult indoor soccer players. Currently the indoor league has 400 members who play at the Roll-A-Dome. No youth indoor league yet exists in PG.
Reid said the full funding for the new facility will come as a combination of capital fundraising efforts by the Y and concerned groups like the B.C. Indoor Soccer League as well as a traditional mortgage loan.