Also at Community and Protective Services Committee this week, a report recommendation was approved that will be moving to Council next week to sell the naming rights of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (GRC) to Cardel Homes.
Similar to what has happened at other City recreation facilities such as the Minto Recreation Complex in Barrhaven or the Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata, the GRC, located at 1500 Shea Rd would be renamed the “Cardel Rec – Goulbourn”. Unlike other facilities, I negotiated with City Staff and Cardel Home to ensure that the name Goulbourn remain intact to honour our area’s rich historical background.
Cardel Homes has proposed to pay the City $600,000 (plus HST) over 15 years to acquire the naming rights. The offer will provide the City with $40,000 (plus HST) annually which will be applied against the Council approved target for sponsorship revenues. The arena, pool, meeting rooms, outdoor fields and other components of the complex are not affected by the naming proposal. As such, the names of the Matt Bradley Arena and the Erica Wiebe Gymnasium will remain the same.
While I would like to see the name of the GRC remain as it stands, this additional revenue will greatly benefit the City moving forward. I do encourage residents to review the report in its entirety here and to email comments to me prior to next week’s Council meeting at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca
The Committee also approved two commemorative naming proposals to recognize Stittsville residents by naming future parks located in the Abbotsville Development in their honour. If City Council concurs, one future park will be named “Lee Boltwood Park” in recognition of extensive community service, and another will be named “Susanna Kemp Park” for historical significance to the community.