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Building Condition Study of Arena, Pool in Walkerton

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Councillors hail assessment as good news for municipality.

Brockton recently had a Building Condition Assessment Study conducted on the Walkerton Arena and the Centennial Pool.

A ten year forecast of what it will cost to keep both the Walkerton Arena and Pool up and in running, is being hailed as very good news by Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody.

According to the Assessment, both the arena and the pool can be kept going for a number of years with regular maintenance and ongoing upgrades.

The Assessment listed about a 1.3 million dollars worth of upgrades and maintenance work that the two facilities may need in the next ten years.

Not every project listed in the Assessment will necessarily have to be done, Council estimates that of the almost 1.3 million in possible projects listed that the million dollar mark would be more accurate.

This include about 700 thousand dollars in upgrades and maintenance for the Walkerton Arena and   411 thousand dollars worth of upgrades and maintenance work for the Centennial Pool.

Peabody calls this good news, noting that to replace the Arena alone could cost up to 15 million dollars.

Councillor Steve Adams agrees, saying Brockton is fortunate that both facilities received satisfactory grading.

He says this means that for the next ten years Brockton residents can take comfort knowing these two recreational facilities will remain in good shape.

This Assessment Report also provide Brockton with more time to consider its options for when it does becomes time to explore facility replacement.

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