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    Default UOttawa Athletic Facilities (Master Plan)

    A look at the updated version of The Campus Master Plan reveals some very ambitious goals.

    4.3.1 Athletic Facilities Strategy Sports, recreation and physical activity are a fundamental part of the uOttawa experience for students, faculty, staff and community members. However, with only 50% of the recreational space required to meet the Council of Ontario Universities standard, uOttawa’s existing athletic facilities are not sufficient to address current athletics needs. uOttawa has identified the following specific priorities to meet current and future demand for varsity sports and general recreation:

    1 Additional training/exercise rooms
    2 A triple gym for recreational purposes
    3 A triple gym for events, including a minimum total stand capacity of 2,500 and a press box;
    4 A new field house with a 200-metre track, an interior turf, and stand capacity of roughly 500;
    5 Increase spectator capacity by 1,600 (total 5,000) for the sports field at the River Precinct; and
    6 A new 50-metre swimming pool with a stand capacity of roughly 1,000.

    River Precinct The existing sports field(Gee-Gees Field) in the River Precinct should be maintained over the long term, and additional support infrastructure for the field should be incorporated as the precinct evolves. The stand capacity of the field should increase to 5,000 from the current 3,400, representing an increase of 1,600 seats. Additional athletic facilities in the River Precinct should include, at minimum, a new triple gym and a new training room. Facilities such as stacked triple gyms,*** rowing facilities, or pools may also be considered in the River Precinct based on space needs and their impact on achieving the objectives and requirements set out by the City’s Transit-Oriented Development Plan for the Lees Station area.

    University Centre The Master Plan proposes the demolition of the UCU and Montpetit to develop two new buildings with a substantial increase in gross floor area. These new buildings have the potential to accommodate training facilities and/or an additional gym. Prior to demolition and redevelopment, the existing gyms and swimming pool should be relocated.

    Alta Vista Precinct---- Significant plans for renovations or additions to Roger Guindon or development of the Peter Morand lands should consider the opportunity for recreational facilities that meet the needs of the medical science students, faculty and staff in the area.


    The University will continue to explore opportunities to share the use of its athletic facilities with the wider community. This will strengthen the relationship between uOttawa and the surrounding communities and help to finance the University’s athletics programming. The University should also continue to explore opportunities for land acquisition or strategic partnerships to develop large-scale recreational facilities such as new sports fields.
    The principal athletics and recreational facilities should be located in primary community hubs, with complementary facilities (e.g. training rooms) in secondary community hubs.

    Mann Precinct** This area presents the greatest opportunity for the creation of an athletics-focused community hub due to its centralized location and land availability. The University should augment the Minto Sports Complex by adding gyms and additional elite sports facilities on the south side of Mann Avenue, integrating them with housing and community hub uses. This area can accommodate an Olympic-sized swimming pool (replacing the pool at Montpetit), a triple gym with stand capacity, and a field house. This area has the potential to transform into a primary community hub bustling with athletes, students from nearby science and engineering buildings, and residents. The development of such facilities will require negotiations and partnerships with the City and NCC.
    ** I hear that the university has completed a feasibility study on getting this underway soon.

    *** From what I can find, the stacked gym concept originated earlier this century in Switzerland. They built one in Bern. To minimize the amount of land needed, they built what amounts to a high rise gym building. There is a gym on each floor, one above the other.
    Last edited by ottawafan; 2018-09-30 at 07:57.

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