Mount Pearl mayor says new recreation centre will have ‘soft opening’ next month
Mount Pearl residents will have to wait a little longer to reach the Summit.
The opening of the city’s new recreation complex will have its September opening pushed back a little, Mayor Randy Simms said on Wednesday, although an exact date hasn’t been chosen yet.
“We had a date set, but we’re moving it back now,” said Simms, who explained that there have been delays during the commissioning process to work out a minor problem in the 60,000-square-foot facility’s electrical system. The city will open the Summit’s doors to the public sometime in September, with an official opening ceremony a little later, said the mayor.
“There’ll be what’s known as a ‘soft opening,’” said Simms. “You want to make sure everything is running and working and going properly. It’s a fairly complex operation, so you want to make sure everything’s going accordingly well. After, I don’t know, a couple of weeks, a few weeks of that, we’ll do the official opening.”
Gerry Antle, the city’s director of public works and infrastructure, told The Telegram new breakers need to be ordered.
“There are multiple complex systems being commissioned in our new Summit Centre,” wrote Antle in an email to The Telegram.
“Most of these final tests are now complete. One of the systems is the main electrical distribution panels, which includes circuit breakers. During commissioning, analysis of the electrical current noted some adjustment necessary to the size of the breakers. These new breakers have been ordered and are expected to be installed in the next couple of weeks.”
Simms said he expects the final price tag of the Summit to be about $33.5 million — above the original $31.4-million contract, but within the excess provided for by the project’s contingency fund.
“It’s going to be around there. I don’t have the exact number,” he said. “We still consider ourselves to be on budget.”
Last year, the city was projecting the Summit to be open in June, but the mayor said he wasn’t disappointed that target was missed.
“It progressed very nicely. What we always do is we push hard, so we pushed hard to get it open. Sometime this summer is what we wanted,” he said. “It’ll be open in the fall, is what’s going to happen.”