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Community groups make pitch for multi-sport indoor facility in Hamilton

City councillors have been asked to support efforts to build a 200,000 square foot indoor sports facility in Hamilton.
City councillors have been asked to support efforts to build a 200,000 square foot indoor sports facility in Hamilton. Nick Westoll

A partnership that represents dozens of community groups and sports organizations will be applying to the federal and provincial governments for funding to build a $60 million, multi-sport indoor facility in Hamilton.

City councillors have voted to provide a letter supporting the Hamilton Collaborative Partnership Group’s application through the Canada Infrastructure Program.

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If the funding request were successful, the collaborative’s Kevin Gonci told the emergency and community services committee that upper levels of government would provide $44 million towards construction of a 200,000 square foot facility.

The collaborative itself would invest a further $8 million.

Gonci says they envision building the facility in a “strategic” growth area, such as Binbrook, Winona or Waterdown.

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Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark said finding suitable land was the largest hurdle, adding that “I’ve been scratching my head going through files” trying to identify a suitable location.

The city will also be submitting dozens of projects worth more than $300 million for funding consideration under the community, culture and recreation stream of the Canada Infrastructure Program.

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