Oakville Arena Redevelopment

Trafalgar Park Community Centre opening fall 2018

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

Project update - April 13, 2018

Starting Tuesday, April 3, the Trafalgar Park playground area will be closed to the public.  See the service disruption notice for details.

Here is what you will see onsite over the next few weeks:

  • Exterior site work continuing with new playground pathways, excavation for tennis court and concrete curbing around the parking lots
  • Exterior cladding starting on both fire hall and community centre
  • Arena concrete rink slab pour starting.
  • Arena roof continuing with new roofing material installation.
  • Overhead duct, plumbing, sprinkler and electrical work on fire hall, arena and community centre
  • Steel soffit framing on the exterior of fire hall
  • Removal of construction debris from site as required.
  • Removal of excess soils from new playground pathways and tennis court excavation
  • Interior drywall, priming, painting, ceiling and flooring work on community centre and fire hall

What to expect:

  • Flatbed trucks delivering materials – medium flow of trucks
  • Normal noise and vibration associated with construction equipment and minimal dust migration
  • No traffic or transit impact
  • Small construction equipment such as propane/diesel heaters, boom lifts, skid movers and generators in use
  • Construction workers entering and leaving site

Redevelopment plans

The final redevelopment plans approved by Council (pdf) on September 19, 2016 include:

  • retaining the distinctive wooden roof truss system designed and patented by Norman Otto Hipel in 1928.
  • 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
  • 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 June of 2018 and the arena and community centre are scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 to coincide with the start of the ice season.

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 Revitalization Project – Validation Phase, June 20, 2016
Proposed design presentation, April 13, 2016 (pdf)
Staff report Oakville Arena Redevelopment – IPD Contract – January 25, 2016
Staff report – Oakville Arena Redevelopment May 26, 2014 (pdf)
Option #2 – Revitalization (pdf)
Oakville Arena redevelopment presentation – March 6, 2014 (pdf)
Existing Oakville Arena site (pdf)


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