Oakville Arena Redevelopment

What is this project all about?

The Town of Oakville is redeveloping Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park.

The Oakville Arena located at 133 Rebecca Street was originally built in 1950 and has served as a community hub for more than six decades. It’s also one of only four remaining arenas in Ontario with a distinctive wooden truss roof system designed by Norman Otto Hipel, an Ontario politician and builder who patented the roof system in 1928.

Following extensive public consultation, Council approved a resident-supported plan to revitalize and expand the facility while maintaining its historical features. The final redevelopment plans approved by Council (PDF, 340 kB) on September 19, 2016 include:

  • retaining the wooden roof trusses
  • an NHL-size ice surface
  • indoor running track
  • new seniors’ centre
  • administrative offices
  • full-size gymnasium
  • fitness centre
  • new Kinsmen Pine Room for public meetings and events
  • double tennis court that will be converted into an artificial ice rink in the winter
  • fully accessible playground with a shade structure
  • exterior washroom facilities

A new fire hall will also be built on the corner of Kerr Street and Rebecca Street. It will include a Fire Education and Heritage Room with interactive displays, public education materials, historical artifacts along with a 1948 vintage pumper truck on display.

The total project budget including the fire hall is $41,044,000. The fire hall is expected to open in November of 2017 and the arena and community centre are scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 to coincide with the start of the ice season.

Project updates

November, 2016 - Pre-construction activities

Integrated Project Delivery – a collaborative approach

This project marks the first time the town is using an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach to design and construction.

The traditional approach is to first enter into a contract with the architect followed by a separate contract with the general contractor after the design is complete. For this project, the town hired Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. and Graham Construction and Engineering as a team at the beginning of the project. Together, they will work collaboratively with the town through the design and construction phase to deliver the project on time and on budget.

Additional information

News release – Council approves budget and redevelopment plans for Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park, September 23, 2016
Staff report – Trafalgar Park Revitalizaton Project – Validation Phase, June 20, 2016
Proposed design presentation, April 13, 2016 (PDF, 3.8 MB)
Staff report Oakville Arena Redevelopment – IPD Contract – January 25, 2016
Staff report – Oakville Arena Redevelopment May 26, 2014 (PDF, 381 kB)
Option #2 – Revitalization (PDF, 555 kB)
Oakville Arena redevelopment presentation – March 6, 2014 (PDF, 10.7 MB)
Existing Oakville Arena site (PDF, 281 kB)


Michael Brennan
Senior Manager, Recreation Services
Recreation and Culture
Town of Oakville
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON L6H 0H3
905-845-6601, ext. 3039