Kawartha Centre- Sports Complex Plans Announced

A $90-million sports complex featuring a twin pad arena, sports fields, swimming pool, retail and a hotel and convention centre will be built at the corner of Clonsilla Avenue and Lansdowne Street. Named “Kawartha Centre”, the developer Navigator will be bringing plans forward to develop the site.

The proposed development addresses the need and community desire to create a recreation complex that caters to multiple sports. The state-of-the-art facility will potentially be the home of the Peterborough Petes, Lakers Lacrosse, Peterborough Sports Hall of Fame and Peterborough Aquatics.

“We have been in conversation with representatives from Peterborough’s sports community. There is significant interest and opportunity to build this type of facility in Peterborough,” says John S. MacDonald, President of Navigator.


Plans for the property show the 22.54 acre property in proximity to Peterborough’s largest power shopping node on Lansdowne Street and gateway into the downtown. The site is accessible to public transit and metres from The Parkway

“Kawartha Centre is positioned to attract tournaments, entertainment events and conferences to Peterborough. We estimate that once built, the site will generate $50-60 million annually in tourism spending,” MacDonald says.

Although Kawartha Centre is a private development, Navigator will be looking to work with the City of Peterborough to make Kawartha Centre the Sport Tourism Destination for the region. In 2014 Peterborough City Council began a search for a site for a new twin-pad arena. A report outlining site options is expected to come forward to Council. The next step for Kawartha Centre is to complete a formal business plan in the coming months. Through public and private partnerships however, Kawartha Centre will be built at a minimal cost to the City in both operating and capital expenses.

A facility of this nature will attract tournaments, entertainment and sporting events. It will drive the economy through sport tourism attracting an estimated $50-60 million in annual tourism spending. Proudly welcoming visitors and offering a visitor experience that is modern and friendly

Regardless of what facilities are housed on site, it addresses the need and community desire to create a recreation complex that caters to multiple sports. The facility will be state-of-the-art in terms of what it provides and how it is designed. It will respect the natural environment surrounding the facility and will be representative of the elements that have come to be identifiers of our community. Sport. Community. Tourism. Kawartha Centre. Think of the Possibilities


Fast Facts

• 22.54 acre site
• Over 2,600 feet of frontage
• 650 metres from The Parkway
• Estimated $90 million development project
• Estimated $50-60 million generated in annual tourism spending
• Sport Complex featuring a twin-pad arena, aquatic centre, sports fields and sports hall of fame
• Potential for complimentary commercial units such as fitness centre, sports medicine clinic, retail sports stores
• Potential site for hotel and convention centre and supporting restaurant and sports bar
• Event capacity for up to 10,000 people

Press Release Source: http://www.kawarthacentre.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Navigator_Kawartha_Centre_Press_Release.pdf