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City reveals fieldhouse designs

Natalie Dunleavy
Northern News Services

Yellowknife (Dec 06/06) - The proposed fieldhouse plan finally has a face.

Drafts of two fieldhouse options were posted at the Multiplex last Wednesday during an open house to gather public feedback.

"This is the first time we've seen it to this level of completion," said Grant White, director of community services.

The first option is a full representation of what the community has asked, while the second is a lesser version with a balance of what is needed and affordable.

"That's the bare necessities of the fieldhouse," said White.

The consultant group hired by the city has said the project could cost up to $20 million.

When asked which would be the more cost effective plan, White said he did not know as a definite price on the facility has yet to be determined.

"We don't know what's feasible yet," he said.

White said the final draft and cost will be settled in December, and presented to council in the first part of the new year.

"The only concerns are who's going to pay for it and how much it's going to be," said Mike Roesch, president of Facilities for Kids.

Roesch said the organization is hoping for a sponsor to come into to project.

"We're not going to push a project in council that would make them raise taxes in the city," he said.

City councillor Bob Brooks was in attendance to revise plans.

"I'm hoping it'll come in at a reasonable price," he said.

He was glad they took into account the multi-use features of the building and that architects designed in such a way that would allow future expansion, including the possibility of a skate park.

"If we can find money it will be a great addition," said Coun. David Wind, who also reviewed the designs.

"I think the bigger problem is financing looks for the city to carry a large part of it," said Wind.

He would like the territorial and federal governments to step in to help sponsor the building.

"This is just another way by providing a facility to (help kids) be involved in sport," said Wind.