Niagara This Week
Named title sponsor of Port’s health and wellness centre
With the skeleton of the building over his shoulder, Mayor Vance Badawey announced Thursday morning a $1.25 million donation they received to the city’s new Health and Wellness Centre, and its subsequent renaming to The Vale Health and Wellness Centre.
“Vale recognized our vision as their vision,” said Badawey. “Together we’re dedicated to ensuring Port Colborne has more to offer tomorrow than it does today.”
He spoke about how the investment will help them replace two aging facilities in the city, and offer residents a sleek and modern building where they can enjoy commerce, health, sports, and entertainment all in one spot.
When Badawey pulled out the two small plaques to present them to Vale representatives, he stopped and smiled for a moment, then joked to the crowd, “They give us $1.25 million and we give them a plaque, it doesn’t seem quite fair.”
Del Fraipont, manager of the local Vale refinery, was all smiles and joyed to receive the plaque nonetheless.
“We’ve been here for almost 100 years now, so it’s great to be able to contribute to the health and well being of the community,” said Fraipont.
“This building will become an important fixture in the community where kids can come and play and families can be entertained, for decades to come,” he added.
Fraipont said he’d been given a tour of the 140,000 square foot building earlier that morning, and was impressed with how much progress has been made on the inside and noted that the pools and rinks are already starting to take shape.
The $32 million project is expected to have its grand opening sometime in November of next year. When it does open, it will house two NHL-sized rinks, two pools, a gym and fitness area, eight outdoor bocce courts and a year-round walking or jogging track.