South Bowmanville Recreation Centre

The Municipality of Clarington is looking to design a new Recreation Centre in South Bowmanville. We are planning a major expansion of indoor recreation at the current site of the Bowmanville Indoor Soccer grounds located at 2375 Baseline Road.

Council has directed Clarington’s Community Services Department to develop a plan for this expansion. Clarington is a growing community and in need of a new recreation facility. To help inform Council’s decision, we are asking our residents to help determine what the new Recreation Centre will look like. Do you want new ice pads, a swimming pool, expanded gym space, or a new fitness area? We want to hear your ideas. Please use this platform to share your thoughts and help shape the future of recreation in Clarington.

Clarington will be researching different options over the next few weeks and consulting the community, using its Indoor Facilities Development Strategy as a reference. The strategy was developed in 2016 to assess the state of recreation in Clarington, ongoing growth and change in population demographics. Council will review a report with a complete expansion proposal, budget and timeline by the end of the year.

Please stay tuned for more information; we will continue to update this site and expand feedback opportunities.

Past Engagement

Community Forum

Clarington hosted a Community Forum on June 18, 2019, to garner feedback from residents to help envision the next phase of recreation in Clarington. The forum was designed in a working group format and participants were asked to join us for the entire two hours.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex,
2440 Highway 2, Bowmanville

South Bowmanville Recreation Centre Survey

We asked residents to answer a brief two-question survey to help shape the future of indoor recreation in Clarington. The survey was available from June 12 to July 5, 2019.

For more information on these engagement initiatives, please contact NewRecCentre@clarington.net or 905-623-3379 ext. 2506.

The Municipality of Clarington is looking to design a new Recreation Centre in South Bowmanville. We are planning a major expansion of indoor recreation at the current site of the Bowmanville Indoor Soccer grounds located at 2375 Baseline Road.

Council has directed Clarington’s Community Services Department to develop a plan for this expansion. Clarington is a growing community and in need of a new recreation facility. To help inform Council’s decision, we are asking our residents to help determine what the new Recreation Centre will look like. Do you want new ice pads, a swimming pool, expanded gym space, or a new fitness area? We want to hear your ideas. Please use this platform to share your thoughts and help shape the future of recreation in Clarington.

Clarington will be researching different options over the next few weeks and consulting the community, using its Indoor Facilities Development Strategy as a reference. The strategy was developed in 2016 to assess the state of recreation in Clarington, ongoing growth and change in population demographics. Council will review a report with a complete expansion proposal, budget and timeline by the end of the year.

Please stay tuned for more information; we will continue to update this site and expand feedback opportunities.

Past Engagement

Community Forum

Clarington hosted a Community Forum on June 18, 2019, to garner feedback from residents to help envision the next phase of recreation in Clarington. The forum was designed in a working group format and participants were asked to join us for the entire two hours.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex,
2440 Highway 2, Bowmanville

South Bowmanville Recreation Centre Survey

We asked residents to answer a brief two-question survey to help shape the future of indoor recreation in Clarington. The survey was available from June 12 to July 5, 2019.

For more information on these engagement initiatives, please contact NewRecCentre@clarington.net or 905-623-3379 ext. 2506.

Q&A

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  • What are you doing about maintaining ambulance response times when the region moves the 2 ambulances located by the bowmanville hospital to 115/hwy 2 location?? Every city has a at least 1 fire hall. Shouldn’t bowmanville AND Newcastle deserve an ambulance ?!??

    Eazy asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The Region of Durham is responsible for Emergency Medical Services. You can find more information on their website at https://www.durham.ca/en/living-here/ambulance-and-paramedics.aspx

  • Why does it have to be “or” - why can’t we consider a multi use site/ facility? Ice pads and pool and library and gym? Physical activity and leaning spaces benefit the entire community on many levels. Surely with all the development there’s enough tax base to pull from to provide a creative space solution for all. Thanks.

    JH asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. The ultimate goal of any new facility or expansion is to build what best serves the needs of the current and future community. Engaging with the community and sharing your comments will assist Clarington Council when they consider the components to include while balancing those decisions with their fiscal responsibility to Clarington taxpayers.

  • We really need pickleball facilities as the sport is growing and now places that do have it are to busy..can you PLEASE get onto adding it?

    Babs5203 asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We recognize that pickleball is a growing sport across North America and we're always challenging ourselves to find solutions that work for the majority. Balancing the need to provide space in our existing and new facilities that meet the needs of multiple sports and leisure activities is a top priority.

  • ?When will the South Bowmanville Rec Centre open?

    steve anderson asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The opening date of the facility will be determined by multiple factors with many approval processes along the way. The next step is a report to Council in the Fall of 2019 making a recommendation on how to proceed.

  • Why the new project will not include a basketball court? Basketball is coming more popular and it's an opportunity for our youth to get involved

    Dan asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. The new facility will likely include a gymnasium which would be equipped with basketball nets. If you are referring to outdoor basketball courts, that could be incorporated into the finished outdoor space but has not been determined at this point.

  • Would like to see pickleball program expanded . new outdoors courts or tennis courts converted for pickleball. Thank you

    Douglas asked 3 months ago

    The new facility will likely include a gymnasium that will accommodate pickleball, similar to Diane Hamre Recreation Complex. Outdoor space will be considered when we enter the design phase of the facility. Your comments will be included for consideration.

  • Will you have indoor and outdoor courts for Pickle Ball?

    Dick asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The new facility would likely include a gymnasium that will accommodate pickleball, similar to Diane Hamre Recreation Complex. Outdoor space will be considered when we enter the design phase of the facility. Your comments will be included for consideration.

  • It seems traffic and 401 ramping congestion and issues would need to be sorted. As for pools, staffing is an ongoing issue in clarington. Another pool for lessons would be great to make lessons more accessible, however the teachers are needed to teach. More ice pads could draw a lot (as it did in Whitby), likewise more indoor soccer fields (for tournaments and such).

    BowmanvilleMom asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback.

  • Would the municipality consider adding indoor tennis courts as an amenity to the building so that people can play year round and tennis lessons can be offered year round?

    KE asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. Indoor tennis courts are not being considered at this time. The components that are being considered for the facility are based on current use and forecasted needs of the community, including changing demographics. This research can also extend to surrounding communities and the amenities being offered there.


  • Why were questions included about ice pads and library facilities since these already exist in Bowmanville? Why would we spend more money instead of using what we already have?

    Diane D asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your questions. The current demand for ice time exceeds what our existing inventory can provide. Many organizations are going outside of Clarington to service their needs. Also, several older facilities are reaching the end of their lifespan. As Clarington grows, the demand for access to the library’s programs and services also grows. As such, it has been identified as a potential component of the new facility.

  • Is the addition of tennis/pickleball courts a possibility for this centre? I believe any needs assessment for sports facilities in this entire region will show that such a facility is needed now. And in the future the need will become even greater due to two factors: (1) the international successes of Canadian players, who are quickly becoming role models for our youth, and (2) the desire of many parents for a sport which does involve the possibility of head injuries for their children.

    rudyschmidt asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. The growth of pickleball is most definitely a recognized phenomenon across North America, and the consideration of the sport has been included in planning for the new facility. Indoor tennis courts are not a part of the potential components listed; however, we have included a gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms.