Despite “significant progress” the Orillia Recreation Centre won’t be ready when the city hosts the Winter Games in late February.
“We are very disappointed that we won’t be able to showcase the amazing new Orillia Recreation Centre during the Orillia 2020 Ontario Winter Games,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “We held out hope and greatly anticipated the facility would be ready in time for the Games, but after recent meetings with the general contractor it became apparent it would not be ready in time,”
Of the 27 sports involved in the Orillia 2020 Ontario Winter Games, only three were scheduled to take place at the new facility; artistic swimming, wushu, and kick-boxing. These events will be held at their alternative locations instead. “The Games Organizing Committee (GOC) has back-up locations and a contingency plan in place for the three events that were scheduled to take place at the Orillia Recreation Centre so there really is no impact to the Games,” said Jed Levene, Chair of the GOC.
According to a statement from the City of Orillia, delays in shipment of material has caused a backup in being able to schedule necessary with subcontractors.
The Orillia 2020 Ontario Winter Games runs from February 27th to March 1st.
Banner photo courtesy Orillia Recreation Centre Facebook page.