What's New in Recreation

Upgrading our facilities to serve you better!

The Town of Tillsonburg is continuing to upgrade its recreation facilities to serve you better. Make a selection below to learn more about these exciting projects.

Pickleball and Tennis Courts

Attention all racquet sports lovers! During the spring of 2024, three tennis courts located in Optimist Park (west of the Tillsonburg Community Centre) will be resurfaced, and three brand new independent pickleball courts added.

This facility upgrade is great news for the community, and reflects the rising interest in racquet sports in our area.

  • The total project cost is $296,705.00

  • Estimated project timeline for tennis court resurfacing: 6 weeks (April - May)

  • Estimated project timeline for pickleball court construction: 10 weeks (April - June) 

Current and aspiring pickleball players are invited to attend an informational open house:

Pickleball Open House
Tuesday, March 19
6:00 p.m.
Tillsonburg Community Centre - Marwood Lounge
45 Hardy Ave.

 

Learn more about this project

Tennis Court Resurfacing

  • Estimated project timeline: 6 weeks (April - May)

Pickleball Court Construction

  • Estimated project timeline: 10 weeks (April - June) 

 

*All dates are tentative and subject to change.

  • Coming soon

Lake Lisgar Waterpark Building

During the spring and summer of 2023, the building at Lake Lisgar Waterpark was renovated to enhance accessibility, safety and functionality. 

  • The project was funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Tillsonburg received a $750,000 non-repayable contribution from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF).

  • The Town of Tillsonburg also invested $450,000 in the project for a total renovation budget of $1.2 million. 

  • Design and consulting on the project was awarded to A+Link Architects. Tillsonburg-based PK Construction was selected as the general contractor.

 

Concept View of Lake Lisgar Waterpark from West
Concept drawing of Lake Lisgar Waterpark from the West

Learn more about this project

Lake Lisgar Waterpark typically welcomes more than 15,000 guests each summer season. Entry to the facility is through a 3,600-square-foot building.

The building was originally constructed in 1948 when the Kinsmen Pool opened to the public. The last major renovation was in the mid 1990s when the pool was transformed into the Lake Lisgar Waterpark.

  • barrier-free family changerooms
  • improved accessible washrooms and showers
  • renovated staff/first aid area
  • new entrance 
  • masonry work
  • exterior finishes including a mural

Spring 2023

  • Funding announcement
  • Award of tender
  • Interior demolition 
  • Exterior improvements

Summer 2023

  • Interior construction and finishing 

Late Summer/Early Fall 2023

  • All work completed 

 

 

For more project updates, visit our News and Notices page.

Tillsonburg Community Centre - Aquatics Wing

South entrance to Tillsonburg Community Centre
Concept Drawing - New south entrance to Tillsonburg Community Centre

Beginning April 2023, the aquatics wing at the Tillsonburg Community Centre will be closed for major renovations. A variety of upgrades will be made to improve accessibility, energy efficiency and functionality.

Major funding for the project is being provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario through the Investment in Canadian Infrastructure Program (ICIP). It is the second phase of the Tillsonburg Community Centre Recreation Rehabilitation project announced in July 2021.

The Town of Tillsonburg is also investing in the project. 

Mayor Gilvesy looking at construction progress with contractors
Mayor Gilvesy looking at construction progress with contractors
construction zone south entry from Hardy Ave
View of south entry from Hardy Ave
View towards the future main entry
View towards the future main entry (ground floor level)
View within the new accessible change room area
View within the new accessible change room area
Accessible pool ramp
View of the new accessible pool ramp

Learn more about this project

The indoor aquatic centre at the Tillsonburg Community Centre contains a 25 metre, six lane rectangular lap pool with competition starting blocks, male and female change rooms (shared with the fitness centre), a lifeguard office, storage room, and a separated viewing gallery. 

While the aquatic centre has served the community and surrounding region well for more than 50 years, it lacks modern amenities and requires upgrades to meet current accessibility standards.

  • universal changerooms
  • barrier-free washrooms and showers
  • new ramp entry to pool
  • new viewing area
  • new entrance and reception area
  • new meeting room
  • new elevator
  • new accessible parking

Spring 2023

  • Award of tender
  • Interior demolition 

Summer 2023 - Spring 2024

  • Exterior construction
  • Interior construction and finishing 

Summer 2024

  • All work completed 


*All dates are tentative and subject to change at any time.

  • Lobby portion of building is anticipated to be erected in January 2024
  • Mayor's Update Video - November 2023
  • Mayor's Update Video
  • Fall 2023 Update
    • Site Prep & Hoarding walls erected
    • Demolition has been completed
    • Abatement has been done
    • Installation of new water and sanitary lines
    • Completion of Foundation walls for the addition
    • Elevator pit installed
    • Pool ramp prep work
  • January 2024 Update

For more project updates, visit our News and Notices page.

 

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