SOUTH STORMONT – Progress has been made in regaining access to the Lancer Centre in Ingleside. Officials with the Township of South Stormont met virtually with Upper Canada District School Board staff in early January to try to work out access issues to the recreation space located in the Rothwell-Osnabruck School.
Kevin Amelotte, Director of Parks and Recreation told South Stormont council at its January 13th meeting that the meeting with the UCDSB was a “very positive conversation.”
Indoor recreation facilities are currently closed due to provincial COVID-19 shutdown orders.
“They are very receptive to working with [South Stormont] once we get through this restriction area,” Amelotte said.
He added that the school board was told that South Stormont would like to go beyond just reopening programs at the Lancer Centre and look at a long-term lease for it and the former cafeteria, Osnabruck Hall.
Amelotte told council that UCDSB staff are open to that possibility as well.
Short term, South Stormont and the board are working out details for using the Lancer Centre while the pandemic is still ongoing, but after provincial closure orders are removed.
Amelotte said that after that is settled between the township and the UCDSB, the two parties will look at a possible lease of the facility by South Stormont.
He cautioned council that in the short-term, the Lancer Centre can only reopen for recreation once the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region drops to the Orange-Restrict level in the provincial COVID-19 framework.
“If we can get down to the Orange at worst, we can move forward,” Amelotte said.
The Lancer Centre has been closed to the municipality as a recreation space since the pandemic began.
This has caused a shortage of indoor recreation space in Ingleside as the former secondary school portion of Rothwell-Osnabruck School is the only space normally available.
In past years, basketball, pickleball and other sports programming have been offered through municipal use of the building.
The Lancer Centre was constructed, in part, with funds raised in the community and funds from the former Osnabruck Township.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader