Brampton - Today, the City of Brampton broke ground on the Cassie Campbell Community Centre, named after hometown hero Cassie Campbell, a three-time Olympian and former Captain of Canada's National Women's Team.
The Cassie Campbell Community Centre, located at Sandalwood Parkway and Chinguacousy Road, will be the City's largest community centre at 165,000 square feet. When construction is complete in the Fall of 2008, the centre will include a citywide fitness centre, figure skating rink, hockey rink and pool.
"It is truly a surreal moment for me to have a community centre in my hometown named after me," said Cassie Campbell. "I still am pinching myself at the thought of it all. Growing up in Brampton and participating in many sports and going to many community centres I know first hand how important this building will be especially for our youth, and for that I am extremely proud."
Campbell, 32, who retired from competitive hockey in August of 2006 is the only Canadian hockey player, male or female, to captain two Canadian teams to Olympic gold medals. Most recently, she became the first female to work as a game analyst for Hockey Night in Canada.
"Cassie was born and raised in Brampton. She is a hometown hero," said Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell. "She is proud of her Brampton roots and we are so proud to have her name associated with this world class community centre."
The Cassie Campbell Community Centre will feature an extensive outdoor program with tennis courts, basketball courts, splash pads, three outdoor soccer fields, with two fields converting to a cricket pitch, and a neighbourhood park.
In addition to these features, there will be an indoor running track, a community police centre, community meeting rooms and the City's first community gymnasium. Residents who use the new community centre will have access to a broad range of athletic and leisure services.
"With so many features located in one facility, the Cassie Campbell Community Centre will have something for everyone," said Regional Councillor Paul Palleschi. "I am confident it will meet the healthy lifestyle and multicultural needs our community."
"Through public information sessions, residents have shared their vision of what they want in a recreation facility," said City Councillor John Hutton. "As a result, the City has collaborated with the community to create Brampton's newest and most advanced recreational facility."
As part of its Making Great Things Happen initiative, City Council has approved more than $120 million in funding over the next two years to construct two new community centres, the Cassie Campbell Community Centre and the Brampton Soccer Centre, and modernize two centres built in the 1970s, theEarnscliffe Recreation Centre and Century Gardens Recreation Centre.For more information about the new Cassie Campbell Community Centre or any of the City of Brampton's recreation centre construction projects, visit www.brampton.ca, call 905-840-4041 or e-mail email@example.com