A major Bracebridge dream is one step closer to becoming a reality for residents.
On Friday afternoon, Mayor Graydon Smith announced the location for the new Arena/Recreation Complex in town.
And while it is one step closer, Smith was quick to say it is still a one step at a time process, which currently does not have a solid time frame.
A feasibility study has been completed for the 22 acre parcel of land, which includes looking at things like environmental impact, site development and building costs and transportation impact.
Smith says the next step is to come up with a conceptual design of the building itself.
Officials hope to include some important features like an NHL ice surface, meeting rooms, heated viewing area, pro shop, sports hall of fame and at least 1,000 seats.
Smith says the town will be looking to the government to provide some of the funding on this project.
During the announcement, Smith admitted the current arena is coming to the end of its life span at 67-years now.
He says the building will likely not be usable beyond its retirement as an arena.
The land, which is located behind Gangon’s YIG at the end of Salmon Avenue, was donated by Cindy and Monte Goble, owners of Willen Investments Inc.
During the announcement, the couple says they were proud to give back to the community by providing the land for the new arena.
There is no word yet on the possible cost of building this new facility.