For Immediate Release – Friday, August 18, 2017
Belleville, ON – The Templeman Menninga Aquatic Centre at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre will be closed for its annual shut-down from August 26th through to September 17th. During this time, any required maintenance will be performed and a thorough cleaning of all pool areas including the pool basins, pool deck, windows, ledges, change rooms, office and storage room spaces will take place. There may be periodic closures of the pool change rooms while work is being done. These closures will be rotated to ensure fitness users continue to have access to shower facilities. All other areas of the building will remain open for the duration of the pool closure.
Public Swimming will resume in the pools along with the start of the Fall swimming lessons and aqua-fitness programs on September 18th.
Staff would like to thank the public and our users for your patience during this time. Safe and fun cooling zones at the City’s splash pads at West Riverside, Parkdale and Kinsmen Park will continue to be open for daily use through Labour Day and then open on weekends until the end of September (weather permitting). The Kinsmen Community Pool, located at 151 Dundas Street East, will also remain open until September 15th (weather permitting); for swim times, please pick up a schedule or visit our website.
For further information or for Fall program schedules and registrations, please contact the Recreation, Culture & Community Services Office at 613-966-4632 or visit: www.qswc.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Tanya Grierson, Recreation Program Supervisor, (613) 967-3200 ext. 3822 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Routhier, Aquatic Coordinator, (613) 967-3200 ext. 3823 email@example.com
WHY IS AN ANNUAL SHUT DOWN REQUIRED?
Traditionally, all large pools close for a period of maintenance each year. As pools are very busy throughout the year, they require deep down cleaning and thorough maintenance that requires machinery (i.e. lifts) to be on the deck. Pools and their mechanical systems need to be drained, inspected, cleaned, re-grouted (when necessary), and it requires time down in order to complete these tasks each year. If regular maintenance is not done each year we could be forced to shut down the pool in the middle of the season and be faced with a situation where we are waiting for mechanical parts. This would impact our regular users and our scheduled programs.
HOW WERE THESE DATES SELECTED?
In consultation with our user groups of the Aquatic Centre, it was determined that having the pools available for use as long as possible while school is out and ready to re-open as soon as possible in September was important for their annual schedules and operations. This year the Kinsmen Community Pool will remain open until September 15th with some of our user groups making use of the pool time there. City staff will be hiring and training new staff during this period to prepare for the fall programs.
WHY ARE THE POOLS CLOSED FOR SO LONG?
Due to the volume of water in the pools, it takes significant time to drain the pools, fill the pools, heat the water, and re-balance all of the chemical systems in each of the three pools. This time is in addition to the time it takes to complete the work tasks scheduled to be conducted.
WHAT IS BEING DONE?
- All three pools will be cleaned
- Mechanical systems will be inspected
- Pool tiles & pool deck tiles will be inspected for lost grout, sharp edges, etc. and re-grouted and/or repaired as needed
- Lighting fixtures will be inspected
- Pool exit doors & emergency systems will be inspected, reviewed, and modified as required
- Change rooms will receive a thorough cleaning
- All windows will be cleaned
- Ledges & higher areas will be cleaned
- Signage and health regulation requirements will be inspected
- Pool bleacher system will be moved and cleaned
- Pool Office & Storage areas will be organized and cleaned
- Staff training and re-certifications will take place
For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 10, 2017
BELLEVILLE ON – The City of Belleville’s Recreation, Culture & Community Services Department is ready to kick off the fall and winter season with a full line-up of recreation programs for all ages, stages, interests and abilities.
The new Fall 2017 & Winter 2018 Playbook; a guide to recreation, culture and community services, is being delivered to homes in Belleville and surrounding areas through Metroland Media this week and will be available online starting Friday, August 11, 2017. If you do not receive a copy, the Playbook will be available at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, City Hall, Belleville Library, Belleville Water, Glanmore National Historic Site, Chamber of Commerce and the Quinte Mall.
Fall & Winter program registration dates:
Fall/Winter Recreation Programs:
City Taxpayers: August 21 • Non-City Taxpayers: August 24
Fall/Winter Aquatics Programs:
City Taxpayers: August 28 • Non-City Taxpayers: August 31
Registration will kick off at 8:30 a.m. on each of the above dates and can be done in person at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, 265 Cannifton Road, City Hall, 169 Front Street, online or by phone when speaking directly to a customer service representative. Those interested in registering online are encouraged to obtain their barcode and pin prior to registration. Fall recreation programs begin the week of September 10th and aquatic programs begin the week of September 18th. Registration for both fall and winter programs is available.
For further information, visit the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre website at www.qswc.ca or call 613-966-4632.
For more information:
Tracy Newton City of Belleville Marketing & Customer Relations Coordinator, 613-967-3200 ext. 3265
Tanya Grierson, City of Belleville Recreation Program Supervisor, 613-967-3200 ext. 3822
For Immediate Release, May 25, 2017
City of Belleville’s Seniors’ Showcase & Information Fair
June 7, 2017
BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville is pleased to invite all 50+ adults, spouses and caregivers to the 6th Annual Seniors’ Showcase & Information Fair on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre.
This free event is hosted by the City of Belleville, Recreation, Culture & Community Services, in partnership with the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO) and sponsored by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs (MSA). With the support of these community partners, the City is able to provide the Fair at no cost to attendees and non-profit organizations. “The Fair has grown in size over the past five years and we are pleased to provide this great resource to our community,” says Karen Weichenthal, the City’s Recreation Programmer for Older Adults.
There will be a wide variety of businesses and organizations among the more than 70 confirmed exhibitors, ensuring that attendees will find plenty of information on the many different organizations and businesses available in our community. All activities will be housed on the main floor at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in Mackay Insurance Arena, the Gymnasium and Belleville’s 50+ Centre. Complimentary light snacks will be provided in the Gymnasium.
Seminars will start at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until 2:00 p.m. with a line-up of speakers who will provide information on a wide variety of topics that will be of interest and relevance to older adults.
The topics include:
• It’s Not Right! Starting the Conversation – Elder Abuse Ontario
• Falls Prevention/Tips & Exercise – VON
• Get Your Money! Understanding Ontario Credits and Benefits for Seniors – Ontario Ministry of Finance
• Travel Tips for Savvy Seniors – Maple Leaf Tours
• Ladies Fashion Show – Julia’s Women’s Wear with Kellie
Throughout the day, there will be demonstrations of the older adult fitness classes available through the City of Belleville’s Recreation Programs, including Stretch & Strengthen, Chair Yoga, Tai Chi/Qi Gong, Exercising to the Oldies, Tone & Sculpt, Diabetic Exercise and Bands & Balls. Participants are welcome and encouraged to join in and participate in these hands-on demonstrations.
For more information call the Recreation, Culture & Community Services Office at 613-966-4632.
Recreation Programmer, City of Belleville
613-967-3200 ext. 3266
Recreation Program Supervisor, City of Belleville
613-967-3200 ext. 3822
May 4, 2017
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Saturday, May 6th – 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Barcode: 34807 $20.00
Call 613-966-4632 to register
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Spring & Summer Playbook Arrives
BELLEVILLE ON – The City of Belleville’s Recreation, Culture & Community Services Department is gearing up for the spring & summer season with a full line-up of recreation programs for all ages, stages, interests and abilities.
The new Spring & Summer Playbook; a guide to recreation, culture and community services, is being delivered to homes in Belleville and surrounding areas through Metroland Media this week and will be available online starting Friday, March 10, 2017. If you do not receive a copy, the Playbook will be available at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, City Hall, Belleville Public Library, Belleville Water, Glanmore National Historic Site, Chamber of Commerce and the Quinte Mall.
Spring & Summer Recreation Programs:
City Taxpayers: March 20, 2017 • Non-City Taxpayers: March 23, 2017
Spring & Summer Aquatic Programs:
City Taxpayers: March 27, 2017 • Non-City Taxpayers: March 30, 2017
Summer Day Camp Programs:
City Taxpayers: April 24, 2017 • Non-City Taxpayers: April 27, 2017
Registration will kick off at 8:30 am on each of the above dates and can be done in person at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, 265 Cannifton Road, City Hall, 169 Front Street, online or by phone when speaking directly to a customer service representative. Those interested in registering online are encouraged to obtain their barcode and pin prior to registration.
For further information, visit the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre website at www.qswc.ca or call 613-966-4632.
Media Release – January 17, 2017
Weather Related Program and Service Cancellations at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre
BELLEVILLE ON – Due to the weather, there are a number of program cancellations today:
- All recreation programs (including fitness, gymnasium, children’s programs and skating lessons), youth room, workout studio and Belleville’s 50+ Centre are cancelled as of 4:00pm
- All recreational swims, swimming lessons, aquafit and pool rentals are cancelled as of 4:00pm
- Cardiac Care Maintenance and Mom and Baby Fit classes at 2:00pm are cancelled
The Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre will remain open to the public and the Family Dental Centre Indoor Track will remain open for the regular schedule.
Ice rentals will proceed, however, participants are encouraged to check with their organizations/groups to confirm the status of their rental.
Updates will continue to be posted to the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre site at www.qswc.ca
Media Release – 21 December 2016
Belleville Yardmen Arena Expansion and Renovation Project
The Yardmen Arena Expansion and Renovation Project has been in the planning stages for many months, yet the past several weeks have been filled with a multitude of congruent activities that have been undertaken on many fronts. “Significant progress has and is being made on the project and we are pleased to see the Project Team of Ball Construction, Architecture49 and City staff hit the ground running.” says Mayor Christopher, Chair of the Transition and Negotiations Team.
Ball Construction has been fully engaged in the Yardmen Arena Expansion and Renovation Project since November 15, 2016 the day after City Council awarded the construction management contract to Ball Construction. Ball Construction started construction work on site December 5, 2016. Since November 15, 2016, Ball Construction, together with the Architectural team of Architecture49 and our project team, is making significant progress and continues to be made in the design, drawings and specifications, submission for permits, project tendering and interior demolition. Architecture49 are working quickly towards 70% design and drawings and Ball Construction Ltd to the point where they will be providing a guaranteed maximum price to the City in early 2017.
Council approved an overall project funding of $20.5M which within has a recommended construction budget of $16M. The $16M construction budget is part of an $18.5M budget when architectural, engineering and other costs of $2.5M added in. As the $18.5M budget was set based on a preliminary budget analysis provided by Architecture49 and Ball Construction, staff had added an extra recommendation of $2M in contingencies for a total recommended project budget of $20.5M.
“The City of Belleville has done a great job in keeping us abreast of the progress in the arena renovation as you can see by this release, and we look forward to seeing the project develop in the coming months.” says Belleville Senators Vice President, Roger Lajoie. Roger further adds “Our owner Eugene Melnyk looks forward to being in Belleville very soon in the New Year. He will be the guest speaker at the dinner for the 2017 Pond Hockey Classic on Feb. 3, and our organization is planning many special events coming up to introduce our entire team to the community. Please follow us on Twitter @bellevillesen and on our Facebook and Instagram pages for our updates coming very soon!”
Mark Fluhrer and Peter Lyng add “Thanks to our patient clients, citizens and staff of the Recreation, Culture & Community Services Department, the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre continues to be open and very busy with activities and events. Please note that there will be some adjustments in traffic patterns and parking locations because of construction. During the holiday season, there is a good chance the northwest entrance off Cannifton Road may be disrupted because of construction activities. We encourage users of the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre to start utilizing the south entrance.”
Please see attached a Yardmen Arena Expansion and Renovation Project Update, including a note from the Belleville Senators, for more detail.
Our entire organization wishes everyone in the area best wishes for an enjoyable holiday season and a safe and prosperous 2017.
Director, Recreation, Culture & Community Services
Facilities Manager, Recreation, Culture & Community Services
Yardmen Arena Expansion and Renovation Project Update
Belleville Yardmen Arena Expansion and Renovation Project
Status Report December 21, 2016
Architecture49 Summary of Activities:
Has Been Accomplished
- Construction documents are approximately 70% complete.
- The Architects have finalized the design of the prime Tenant (Belleville Senator) spaces and the other specialty spaces for public and other rentals.
- Ongoing is the project review and permit submittal coordination with City of Belleville Chief Building Official. Demolition/Alteration drawings submitted and permit issued.
Soon to be Accomplished
- Finalize design documents for all seating areas (seating manifests).
- Finalize mechanical and electrical design with the contractor and staff.
- Finalize structural steel documents for final pricing and construction.
- Final details complete of the building envelope design, exterior material selections.
- Dasher board selection.
- Scoreboard and audio visual
- Commercial kitchen
- Interior finish material selections.
- Media box design
- Construction site reviews and project contract administration.
Ball Construction Summary of Activities:
November 14, 2016 Council awarded CM Contract to Ball Construction
Off Site Preconstruction
- November 15, 2016 first Design Meeting
- November 16 to December 2 tender packages
- Rink slab removal
- Decommission refrigeration equipment
- Decommission elevator
- Asbestos abatement
- Mechanical, electrical, structural
- December 5th to December 23 tender packages
- Relocation of site services
- Building excavation & backfill
- Reinforcing steel
- Precast concrete bleachers
- January 2017 onward
- Tender remaining trades sequentially as drawings are available
On Site Construction
- December 5th mobilize on site
- December 2016 to January 2017
- Disconnect power, plumbing for demolition
- Interior demolition
- Install site fencing around new addition
- Relocate exterior storm, sanitary, water services
- Excavate for new foundations
- Start new concrete foundation
Activities continue until Christmas and through to the New Year.
Belleville Senators Update:
By Roger Lajoie Vice President
The Belleville Senators remain busily preparing for 2017, as we look forward to our inaugural American Hockey League season here in Belleville and the Quinte Region!
We now have approximately 2,000 people who have put down deposits on season’s tickets, and we are very appreciative of the fantastic response that has been demonstrated by local hockey fans. In early 2017 we will be contacting everyone on the list with details on how they can select their seats for the 2017-18 American Hockey League season.
The creation of a ticket manifest, which will detail every seat that will be available in the remodeled Yardmen Arena, is in its final stages. Once completed, we will unveil ticket options available for all hockey fans in the area and invite those who have registered on our site (www.bellevillesens.com) to come in and select their seats.
We thank all the people who filled out our survey recently, and will be using that information to help us tailor a great hockey experience for all of our subscribers. We encourage fans to still sign up to join the PRN list on our website, to ensure you get an early opportunity to purchase the best seats in the beautifully remodeled arena.
Our owner Eugene Melnyk looks forward to being in Belleville very soon in the New Year. He will be the guest speaker at the dinner for the 2017 Pond Hockey Classic on Feb. 3, and our organization is planning many special events coming up to introduce our entire team to the community. Please follow us on Twitter @bellevillesen and on our Facebook and Instagram pages for our updates coming very soon!
Our new logo is currently being developed, and we are excited to unveil it the moment it is ready. We are also in the midst of hiring new staff and look forward to building a team both off and on the ice that Quinte Region hockey fans can be proud of.
The City of Belleville has done a great job in keeping us abreast of the progress in the arena renovation as you can see by this release, and we look forward to seeing the project develop in the coming months.