Cougar Dome would be a 'phenomenal asset,' says councillor

Jason Malloy
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Members of the Cobequid Society of Athletic Excellence, from left, Jody Mattie, Scott Annand and Ron Chisholm listens to a question from a town councillor during their presentation on Monday.

TRURO - Project officials hope to break ground this summer and open the $1.3-million, multi-use Cougar Dome in the fall.

Three members of the Cobequid Society of Athletic Excellence, which would run the new facility, made a presentation to Truro town council on Monday.

"I still firmly believe we'll break ground July 1st and have a grand opening in October," said Scott Annand.

"We just have to get our partners lined up," Ron Chisholm added following the presentation.

"We've got a real groundswell of support right now. It's just the organizational work to get all the ducks in a row in order to get this done."

He said it has about five funding partners and has had some very positive responses from them.

The project would see a new 50,000-square foot facility built on the Cobequid Educational Centre grounds near Colchester Legion Stadium. It would include eight indoor tennis courts, a field turf and synthetic track and would be the only one of its kind east of Montreal.

Many of those who spoke Monday emphasized the project would not be in competition, but would rather compliment, the civic centre as each facility would offer different sports.

Chisholm even suggested it might be time to switch Truro's nickname from Hubtown to Tournament Town because the new facilities would enable the region to host many different events. Those activities would attract people to town and create economic spinoffs.

The facility would be available to the public both before and after school as well as limited access during the day.

The impetus for the project dates back to December when a local family contacted Annand, a CEC teacher, about the athletic needs at the school and Truro area. They have made a "substantial" and "generous" donation towards the project. He said the Cougar Dome already has a good start on two big hurdles projects like this typically have in regards to the initial capital and land.

"This will be a phenomenal asset to the community," deputy mayor Brian Kinsman said.

The society has requested the town consider providing water and sewer services and provide snow clearing for the facility. It also would like to tap into the energy the town is trying to recover from the compressors used to make ice at Colchester Legion Stadium to heat the new facility.

Council did not make a decision on Monday regarding the requests.


Organizations: Cobequid Educational Centre, Cobequid Society of Athletic Excellence

Geographic location: Colchester Legion Stadium, Montreal

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  • honkaw
    April 08, 2011 - 15:39

    is this not in the flood plain? why would they build it in a flood plain?

  • happy harry
    April 07, 2011 - 10:11

    This is a fantastic idea...and one that is much needed in the region. Cougar Dome is a great name for it as it will be adjacent to CEC and used in part by CEC Athletics (as well as many other schools in the area). It will not only be for school use... in fact, it will likely be open more for general public use than it will be for school use. Being adjacent to the school just makes it more convenient for our young people to get there and be more active. Having high quality recreation facilities is vital to attracting and retaining young families in this area. It also will provide year round recreation for all age groups, helping to keep our population healthier. This will be a great facility with many positive benefits to the community. Truro and Colchester County are fortunate to have this project moving forward. It will attract many people from outside of town in the winter months to participate in sports that they otherwise would not be able to in their own communities. This will bring economic benefits to Truro.

  • t
    April 06, 2011 - 15:42

    seriously? it's also the name of the high school teams. and the substantial donation for the funding was made to the high school. what do you want them to call it, CEC place? Right! Thought so! Wesley is absolutely right. As a student from truro studying a sports related field studying outside of the province I can say this and the civic centre are exactly the type of thing that are going to bring people like me back to this town. Stop complaining over a stupid name and realize what is being done here is actually a fantastic thing for our town.

  • honkaw
    April 06, 2011 - 15:38

    I guess you don't post anything that is not in the RA RA RA corner of this project. My first posting asked honest questions. Wesley, how does this attract people under 40 to our area? This will be for CEC use 90% of the time, they don't share well with others.

  • NotAGutterMind
    April 06, 2011 - 14:42

    Really people.... The high school mascot is the cougar. Get your minds out of the gutter and lets work together to get this here. This town needs to start moving forward with things if there is any hope for young people to stay off the streets and see a future here.

  • just another name
    April 06, 2011 - 13:09

    LOL.... How about 'Cougar Town' - just like the TV show ! Seriously though, the name for the facility is dumb. And don't even get me started on 'Tournament Town' - keep the name 'Hub Town' alive and well.

  • Wesley
    April 06, 2011 - 11:19

    Want to attract more people under the age of 40 to Colchester County: build this.

  • Gilliad
    April 06, 2011 - 10:41

    So do I, J, so do I. Obviously these people aren't too clued in to the other use of "cougar" with reference to women of a certain age ... I'll leave the rest up to those of you wide awake enough to use your imagination.

  • honkaw
    April 06, 2011 - 09:47

    I believe that more time and funds should be directed at graduating better educated students . Their ranking over the past 3 years has dropped. In general CEC is not doing a good job for their students. In 2008 they were ranked 28th out of 65 schools and in 2009 47th out of 55. This tells the story of the quality of the education that is being rolled out the door. I interviewed 2 of your current grade 12 students for summer employment positions last week, believe me that a lot more time should be spent on spelling and basic math based on these 2 students. Spend one on educating not some super elite sports dome.

  • J
    April 05, 2011 - 21:01

    I hope they come up with a better name for it than the 'Cougar Dome'.