Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre celebrates grand opening

STORY BY KRISHEN PERSAD, SAMANTHA KNOX, AMAN WALIA, TAFARAH JAMES

The Town of Oakville held a virtual grand opening for the new Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre on October 17, 2020. The event was hosted by the mayor of Oakville, Rob Burton.

After serving the community since 1950, the old Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital began demolition back in early 2018 to make way for a brand new community centre, located at 325 Reynolds Street.

Oakville’s newest community centre features a 25-metre lap pool, a warm water pool, a 10,000 sq/ft double gymnasium, a fitness centre, a running track, a cafe, and many multipurpose spaces for intergenerational programming. 

The facility’s modern design is a seamless contrast to the neighbouring heritage district. The building meets energy efficiency standards, including solar panels, geo-thermal heating/cooling and a car charging station.

“This facility represents a new community use and purpose for land donated by Oakville’s founding family, the Chisholms,” said Burton.

The Chisolm family has owned the land of Oakville since 1827, which has been developed on treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit nation. 

“I think it’s a great way to repurpose the land,” said Darryl Hellam, an Oakville resident. “It’s a great residential area, close to downtown Oakville and the Oakville GO station.”

The Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre has been open for fitness and group classes since September, by appointment only. However, operations have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 precautions.

Oakville Trafalgar is the town’s sixth community centre. The map below can help you find the one closest to you. You can follow the town of Oakville on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Youtube for more info.

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