TRURO – It took a while to get there but in the end, Truro’s Cougar Dome rose up from the ground much faster than had been anticipated.
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Truro's new Cougar Dome was inflated on Saturday
“This is it coming into reality. This is the big moment,” facility director Tanya Colburne said, moments after the 50,000 sq. ft. structure had been inflated.
“Today has been great. We had major delays through the week and then as of this morning the sun was shining bright and we said maybe it was a blessing in disguise because we couldn’t ask for a better day.”
The inflation process was expected to take about two hours but given the day’s ideal weather conditions it was completed in about 45 minutes, outside of the time it took to complete pressurization.
“They told us it could be two hours depending on weather. As I said we’ve had a perfect day … and everything just fell into place once we got all the cabling done and all the last-minute finishing touches in there,” a “pretty excited” Colburne said.
This is the moment everyone has been waiting for and in particular all the people who have been involved for the last two and a half years and I know this is the moment for them.”
Work will now proceed on the running track area and clubhouse, she said.
“If all goes as planned we will be open by the end of the year.”
When complete, the $2.2 million indoor athletic complex will house six tennis courts set over 16,000 sq. ft of synthetic turf, a 10-bay golf range, 326-metre, three lane running track and jumping pits.
“And obviously with all of that we’ll have uses for up to 30 different offerings, whether sport recreation or otherwise,” Colburne said.