Construction has begun on the Salmon Avenue extension as part of the Town of Bracebridge’s plans to replace the Memorial Arena and the Bracebridge Public Library with a new multi-use community centre.
The extension will allow access to the site of the new community centre as well as the adjacent proposed commercial development. The community centre will include a single pad arena, community hall, public library, multi-use field house, concession/café, outdoor playground, trails and open spaces as well as an area for a second ice pad to accommodate future needs. In September, the town entered into a $4 million contract with Tedescon Infrastructure Ltd. to extend Salmon Avenue westward approximately 470 metres. The portion of the road west of Wellington Street will feature two travelled lanes, a centre left-turn lane, two on-road bicycle lanes, a concrete sidewalk on the north side and a wider paved multi-use path on the south side.
“This is an important project for the Town and another significant step in our work to develop a new community centre for the people of Bracebridge and Muskoka,” said Mayor Graydon Smith.
Consulting engineers from the Greer Galloway Group are managing the construction contract for the Salmon Avenue extension, which is expected to be largely completed by September 2020. The town will continue to issue project updates as work on the centre continues.