A Clayton Park community group is gathering tomorrow to demand the city share its plans for a Mainland Common Community Centre and Canada Games facility.

 

“It’s time that the secrecy stops and that (the city) gets input from some of the stakeholders involved,” said Francis MacDonald, a member of the Build it Right steering committee. “We’re being hoodwinked.”

 

The group wants the city to include a 50-metre, Olympic sized pool in the facility designated for the 2010 Canada Games, but while Rockingham-Wentworth Coun. Debbie Hum said a pool is included in the plans, it will be smaller.

 

Hum said the city hasn’t presented the full scope of the project to the public because it’s waiting on the federal government to approve funding.

“We’re encouraging residents to be patient,” Hum said. “This will be a flagship recreation centre, a legacy facility for the Canada Games.”

Hum said the city will present plans to the community when funding is confirmed. She said drastic changes won’t be possible because of a tight construction timeline.

-lindsay.jones@metronews.ca