Dorset Recreation Centre Update

May 19, 2022

The Dorset Recreation Centre (DRC) is a highly-valued community hub and it’s acknowledged that its continued closure is frustrating to many.

Unfortunately, the DRC will remain closed for the coming months to address mold and moisture issues throughout the building. Importantly, the issue poses no health concerns for past facility users.

The discovery came in 2021 during a small-scale removal of a moisture-damaged area in the downstairs bathroom, and further investigation found the issue was widespread. The Township undertook a professional assessment to provide recommendations and cost estimates to repair the problem areas. As well as addressing insulation and waterproofing, pandemic-related provincial direction on ventilation requires improvements, with overall estimated costs of some $900,000.

To help alleviate the costs, the Township applied to the Ontario Trillium Fund for the mold/moisture related issue, a process which took four months. Unfortunately, that application was unsuccessful, so Council directed the costs be included in the 2022 municipal budget, specifically from Reserves. Luckily, the ventilation portion of the project has successfully received $100,000 in funding from the separate Investing in Canada’s Infrastructure Grant fund.

Currently, the work plans are being finalized, and when the contract is tendered and awarded, a re-opening timeline can be determined. Regretfully, it’s anticipated that the DRC will remain closed for the remainder of 2022 to undertake the scale of repairs and improvements – but this could change.

There is still lots happening so please take a moment to review the Township’s online recreation activity calendar as well as the information on canoe routes, hiking trails, parks, beaches, playgrounds, sports fields and courts. Recreation staff are available to assist.

The costs are not insignificant, and the Township chose not only to fix the identified problems, but also to invest further in this vital community link.

The staff report on this can be found on the Township of Algonquin Highlands website on the September 16, 2021 Council agenda. 

You can find the Activities Calender here

 

About the Dorset Rec Centre 

The Dorset Recreation Centre is fully appointed with an air-conditioned squash court, weight and fitness room, meeting rooms, two kitchens, showers and a gymnasium equipped with volleyball, basketball, floor hockey and pickleball equipment. The facilities are available for meetings, parties, workshops, dances and weddings. 

The Recreation Centre also offers access to public computers, printing and is a free wireless hotspot.

 

Facility Hours - Currently closed 

Monday to Friday CLOSED
Saturday and Sunday CLOSED
Closed Statutory Holidays

 

Squash Court bookings

Bookings are not available at this time.

Contact Information

Dorset Recreation Centre
1051 Main Street, Box 99
Phone/Fax: 705-766-9968
recreation@algonquinhighlands.ca

Documents

Dorset Recreation Centre Membership Application