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Indoor turf facility approved at council

By CJ Goater Jun 4, 2024 | 2:16 PM

Thunder Bay City Council - Acadia Broadcasting File

Thunder Bay’s long-running indoor turf facility debate has come to an end.

Council has approved a recommendation from administration to move forward with a design-build request for proposal (RFP) for the facility.

The request will allow contractors to come forward with their proposed designs and costs allowing the city to select the best option. This will allow the city to look at different methods to improve facility efficiency, which could result in cost savings and possibly improve the final amenities available.

The final cost of the facility is $53 million. $38 million for the structure, $5.5 million for site work and $9.7 million in debt repayment.

Bids to build the facility will be capped at $42.7 million (not including debt repayment). The only way the facility does not move forward is if no bids are submitted or if the city declines the bids they have received.

In 2021 council decided not to proceed with a bid for the construction of a proposed multi-use indoor turf facility to be located at Chapples Park.

The city hopes the facility will enhance and expand recreation in the city during the winter providing a home for various sports including soccer, football, Ultimate frisbee, field lacrosse, cricket, and more.