Series of Upgrades to Rec Facilities Were Council Approved


Looking back to when construction began on the Central Park Arena


The numbers discussion continues surrounding the 2012 estimates as compared to the actual costs of constructing the Central Park Arena and Centennial Aquatic Centre.


In a previous story, CollingwoodLiving.com reported that the initial cost estimate of the two turnkey fixed price, pre-engineered steel Sprung facilities was $11,633,000. This estimate was voted on and passed by council on August 27, 2012. These numbers showed the final construction costs were $2 million above the projected costs as detailed in the August 27, 2012 Staff Report EMC 2012-01.


Staff Report EMC 2012-01, approved by Council on August 27, 2012, projected the cost of the two structures to be:

Effect on Town Finances:

The Total Cost of the Two Buildings is $10,617,000
Accessory Costs $ 316,000
Site Servicing Costs for Both Buildings $ 700,000

Total Cost (less taxes) $11,633,000


Our story went on to detail comments made by Town of Collingwood Treasurer Marjorie Leonard as she walked through the allocation of funds from the sale of the first 50 percent of Collus at the regular meeting of Collingwood Town Council on Monday May 28, 2018.

“The actual final cost of the pool was $4,895,000.00. The arena was $8,735.000.00, and the total of the two was $13,631,000.00.”


Total Cost (less taxes) $11,633,000
—Staff Report EMC2012-01, August 27, 2012

“The actual final cost of the pool was $4,895,000.00. The arena was $8,735.000.00, and the total of the two was $13,631,000.00.”
—Marjorie Leonard, Town of Collingwood Treasurer, Monday May 28, 2018


From these figures, we reported the actual cost to complete the two Sprung recreation structures (Central Park Arena and Centennial Aquatic Centre) compared to the initial fixed-price cost estimate to construct the facilities, approved by Council on August 27, 2012, saw the project go over budget by $2 million.


Town of Collingwood Provides Breakdown of Additional Recreational Facilities Expenditures

The Town of Collingwood contacted us to ask that we provide further financial details to the story to include add-on costs to both facility builds. These costs were over-and-above the original August 27, 2012 Council approved cost estimate we used to compare budget vs. actual dollar figures in our original story.

Town of Collingwood Communications Officer Jennett Mays has now provided a cost breakdown of additional costs that over time were added to the August 27, 2012 council approved price for the construction of Central Park Arena and Centennial Aquatic Centre.

Here is the Town of Collingwood supplied breakdown of additional dollars, over and above the initial August 27, 2012 estimate, spent on the two structures:

Staff Report EMC 2012-01
August 27, 2012
Buildings & Servicing
$11,633,000

Staff Report PRC 2012-22
October 15, 2012
Therapeutic Pool
$550,000

Staff Report PRC 2013-07
February 11, 2013
Competitive Pool Upgrades
$583,000

Staff Report PW 2013-02
May 27, 2013
Increase dog park
$46,000

Staff Report PW 2013-02
May 27, 2013
Patterson Street Entrance
$100,000

2013 Budget increased to include the following allocations that were used for these projects:

New Arena –$57,050
Pool – $157,761
Therapeutic Pool – $9,680
Central Park Dog Park – $50,000

2012 Budget included the following projects which were not completed, and the funds were allocated to these projects:

Central Park Redevelopment – $137,225
Centennial Pool Diving Board – $20,000

Total additional approved expenditures: $1,710,716

Total new budgeted amount: $13,343,716

Total spend: $13,630,896

Total over budget
(total spend – total new budgeted amount)
$287,180



The Town of Collingwood position is that the budgeted amount to complete construction of the two Sprung structures (Central Park Arena and Centennial Aquatic Centre) was $13,343,716, and that the total amount spent on the construction of the two Sprung structures was $13,630,896.

From the numbers provided by Jennett Mays, Town of Collingwood Communications Officer to CollingwoodLiving.com on Friday June 1, 2018, the Town of Collingwood states the construction of Central Park Arena and Centennial Aquatic Centre went over budget by $287,180.00.

Mays says all additional project costs carried out were approved by Council.



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