M. Sullivan and Son Ltd.is set to complete work on a $12-million renovation project at North Bay’s Memorial Gardens in Toronto.
The Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) newest team – the North Bay Battalion –is going to play its first home game this month at the Gardens.North Bay hasn’t seen OHL action since the North Bay Centennials left for Michigan in 2002.
The project has been funded through a $5 million interest-freeloan from the Battalion, $3.9 million from the city and $1 million from the provincial government. The balance will be raised through capital reserve fees on other area events.
The project includes renovations to an existing 5,977 sq.m. steel frame, block and masonry arena, plus a 652 sq.m.addition.The renovation has been designed byNORR Ltd. architect Matthew Delean.
Renovation work also included new and expanded seating, the addition of 10 corporate suites and two lounges with a view of the ice, new dressing room facilities with a second-storey space for a weight room and a players’ lounge area for the Battalion.An L-shaped addition will give it a new face and more prominent entrance.
Once completed, the Gardens will also serve Nipissing University’s men’s and women’s hockey programs and continue to be a community hub for activities including senior’s walking and heart recovery programs.