Looking at needs, sustainability of sportsplex

Raissa Tetanish
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AMHERST – A concept for a sports facility is moving forward with the hopes of having a needs assessment done in the next year.

Andrew Wallis, chair of the Cumberland Sportsplex Development Society, spoke before Cumberland County council yesterday on funding required for a needs assessment.

“What we’re trying to do is position ourselves so that the next time the big federal dollars are being spent, our legwork has been done, the research has been done and we’re ready to put such a program together,” Wallis said.

“We’ve been assigned a representative from CREDA and we’ve put forth a proposal to Nova Scotia Economic Development for some funding for the needs assessment.”

Along with approaching the county, the society will approach the Town of Amherst if it hasn’t already done so.

“We’ve had participation from a number of your staff and the town, and through CREDA’s guidance we’re here to ask for your support,” said Wallis, adding the society is requesting $2,250 in funding to go toward the needs assessment.

“We have to be able to validate what it is we’re looking for and what the area can support and actually needs. Until we get ahead of this stuff, we aren’t able to go to the provincial step.”

After completing the needs assessment and subsequent feasibility study, the society will be able to move forward with the capital build of an identified facility.

The county hasn't made a decision, however is currently in the process of bringing down its 2011-12 budget.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

 

 

Organizations: Cumberland Sportsplex Development Society, Cumberland County council, Nova Scotia Economic Development

Geographic location: AMHERST

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  • Doug
    May 09, 2011 - 10:27

    Why do we always need a study (needs assessment) done before we do anything. If the federal dollars are there take it and build the faci;ity. Amherst should have had something like this years ago to replace Dickey Park.

  • Uncle Kevin
    May 06, 2011 - 07:47

    With all due respect, we already have a facility that is barely sustainable (YMCA). It is being subsidized by our taxes. Although they may not be our greatest assets, we do have services such as the renovated arena, soccer fields, Robb field, Willow running track, new schools with new gymnasium and Dickie park. Currently, our demographic population is aging and we have a poor local economy. With rising costs of commodities to build as well as high operating costs, not to mention record high consumer price index, how do you expect the proposed centre to be affordable for most families who can barely make ends meet?? I believe the hidden agenda is to have some ridiculous turf for some pop warner football team that barely has any fan base to begin with. Forget about federal dollars as the election is over for a majority government. All i can say is that this better not result in higher taxes. IMO.