Request for proposals coming for Harbour Grace rec plex

New manager to be in place before construction begins on facility

Melissa Jenkins
Published on June 9, 2014
Town of Harbour Grace crest
Compass file photo

Details are starting to roll out for the Town of Harbour Grace’s new recreation complex, including government announcing its commitment to the $21 million project today (June 9) and a reposting of the facility’s manager position.

A news release from the provincial government said official requests for proposals (RFPs) for the multi-purpose facility will soon be announced. These types of proposals are often released nationwide to garner as many interested parties as possible, and create more competition.

With funding available, this next step will allow those interested companies to submit tenders and outline a proposal to construct the complex on the east side of Jamie’s Way, next to Veterans Memorial Highway. Test holes, which were expected to be done earlier this year, will be dug soon to confirm the site is suitable.

Several designs have already been submitted from engineering firm Stantec Consulting Ltd., which has been assisting with the project since an arena steering committee was put in place in April 2013.

The design has been changed several times to accommodate for a more financially responsible project, including downsizing from two ice surfaces.

Several specifications that will be found in the facility include a single NHL-sized ice surface, a multi-purpose room and a kitchen. Other details expected include an indoor walking track and fitness equipment.

In previous interviews, the town’s mayor, Terry Barnes, said the facility would be roughed in for a second ice surface, with the expectation to add on in the future when the facility proves to be self-sufficient.

The Compass has learned there will be a planning meeting Wednesday, June 11 for all those involved in the project.

Operations priority

The construction may begin for the new facility in the coming months, but the town’s current arena, the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium, is still in need of a manager. The manager is expected to be hired in the coming weeks. He or she will then be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the current arena, as well as the new facility.

A job posting for the position was placed in The Compass this past March, and received just under a dozen applications. A candidate was not selected.

“The applicants that applied were not exactly what we were looking for, so we reposted with a more detailed ad so that the applicants knew what we wanted before sending in a resume,” Lisa Carroll, the town’s chief administrative officer, told The Compass.

Carroll reposted the position, formerly known as the facilities manager, on the town’s Facebook page and in this week’s print edition of The Compass. The position will now be called the manager of recreation and leisure services.

The deadline to apply for the position is Friday, June 20 at 3 p.m.