Councillors seek more information on how disagreement over bubble location could impact the Thunder Bay Community Tennis Center.
THUNDER BAY – A decision on where to find a proposed six-court tennis bubble in Chapples Park will wait until May, after Thunder Bay’s city council considered the issue Monday.
Mayor Bill Mauro argued council needed more information on how to locate the administration – but the Thunder Bay Community Tennis Center – would have impacted the club.
The delay puts additional pressure on the tennis center as it meets the races to meet the funding deadlines, the first of which comes in November this year.
Those pressures over Mauro’s expressive sympathy, but said the council needs more information on deciding between competing visions for the indoor tennis center.
“This is where I’m landing, and I don’t think it’s going to get built in time for this season anyway, unfortunately,” he said.
Specifically, Mauro asked for more details on the tennis center’s concerns over the administration’s location, across a roadway to the south, which would result in higher operating costs, including more staff to supervise the facilities.
In a report, city administration raised concerns over the club’s preferred location, saying it would integrate poorly with the city’s vision for the area’s Chapples Park, where it had planned to site a proposed indoor turf facility.
The 45-foot-high bubble would disrupt the complex’s connection to the adjacent sports fields and its views of Mount McKay, general manager of community services Kelly Robertson told councillors.
“One of the design principles was the integration of the facility with the sliding hill,” he said [it] – The pavilion-in-the-park kind of concept, ”she said.
“The Concerns We’ve Shared With The Tennis Center In The Past [are] That the park users will consider it is quite obtrusive as they approve the proposed indoor [turf] Mount McKay, a multi-use indoor turf facility, and again, the integration of that facility with the outdoor parkland. ”
Several councillors questioned just how serious those objections were on Monday.
“Maybe I’m not getting it, but [one of] Option 1 against the two main arguments was that it would be a blockchain indoor facility, ”said Coun. Andrew Foulds. “I don’t mean to be facetious here, but I think people who go to an indoor turf facility go play something – I’m not sure they’re going to have a view.”
By Mauro’s Referral Motion, a Report to the Council Directed Administration by May 9.
Couns. Ch’ng, Ruberto, and You voted against the Referral, with Ruberto arguing that the city should simply agree to the tennis club’s requested location, and that Ch’ng’s raising concerns could delay the club’s funding. Coun. Brian Hamilton was absent.
This is a developing story and will be updated.