Construction work starts on Whitby Sports Complex

A ground-breaking ceremony yesterday marked the start of construction on the $155 million Whitby Sports Complex and outdoor park.

Mayor Elizabeth Roy and members of the town council joined project and local sports organization representatives in marking the occasion.

The new facility and park are being built west of Baldwin Street South, south of the intersection of Highway 407, and are expected to open in late-2025.

The amenities planned to be part of the 160,000 square-foot Whitby Sports Complex facility include:

  • An aquatic centre with a 25-metre, 10-lane pool, separate leisure pool and 2nd floor spectator viewing area – which will make the Whitby Sports Complex home to the largest pool in Durham Region;
  • A double gymnasium, with three-lane indoor walking track;
  • A twin-pad arena with 85-foot by 190-foot ice pads; and
  • Flexible spaces to support community programs, meetings, and arts and cultural activities.

A number of environmental sustainability initiatives have been incorporated into the facility’s design to make it the first Zero Carbon building and LEED Gold facility in Canada to include a twin pad arena, gymnasium, and aquatics facility, said a town statement.

The facility will also be built to accommodate visitors of all abilities, featuring a fully accessible ramp from the ground floor to the second floor and centrally located barrier-free spectator seating in the aquatics and arena areas.

The 13-acre outdoor park neighbouring the facility is also planned to include pickleball, tennis, and basketball courts; a multi-purpose sports field; a playground; as well as a skatepark and pump track.

Whitby Sports Complex Rendering

Together, the facility’s amenities will help to achieve the town’s vision for the complex: to create a multi-purpose gathering space for inclusive sport and community programming – a place for residents of all ages and abilities to connect, play and get active.

“Today’s ground-breaking is a significant milestone in the construction of the future Whitby Sports Complex and outdoor park, spaces designed by and with our community. We heard loud and clear that people want a flexible and connected design with lots of outdoor, aquatics, and gymnasium space. That’s exactly what this site will deliver, helping to ensure that we can meet the recreational needs of our growing community for years to come. Congratulations to all whose hard work helped us get to today’s ground-breaking and thank you to my colleagues on Council for supporting this important project,” said Mayor Elizabeth Roy.

Quick Facts

  • The new complex will be located west of Baldwin Street South, south of the intersection of Highway 407.
  • More than 2,700 people shared their feedback on the design for the complex. Feedback collected showed strong support for a flexible, active, and connected complex design, with a community desire for more outdoor, aquatics, and gymnasium space at the facility site. View the full results of the survey in Attachment 2 of Staff Report CMS 09-21.
  • During recent engagement on the new Community Strategic Plan, residents shared that green spaces, parks, sports facilities and fields are top attributes that make Whitby unique. Constructing the new Whitby Sports Complex is action item 2.3.2 under Pillar 2 (Whitby’s Natural and Built Environment) in the Community Strategic Plan.

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