Girardin center ‘a significant achievement’ in 2021


MUNICIPALITY. The opening of the Girardin sports center is one of the main achievements of the City of Drummondville in 2021. That’s what caught the CEO’s attention in his last annual report.

The new sports center, built at the intersection of Marchand and Pelletier streets, opened its doors last September. In addition to a new 250-seat arena, City features, for the first time, an indoor multisport synthetic arena and a suspended walkway. Football, baseball, and running at 7 or 9 are now available year-round.

“This is a significant achievement. It is the culmination of several years of planning for both the arena and the synthetic arena. Since 2012 we knew that Drummondville needed a fourth ice and a multisport synthetic surface. An indoor track was added along the way. People working on the project “They told us that winter is not easy for athletics. Together with the pros, we found a way to integrate the track and field into the project,” says Francis Adam, general manager of the City of Drummondville.

An athletics track of approximately 250 meters has been set up all over the multi-sport surface. (File photo – Ghyslain Bergeron)

Note that the Girardin sports center requires a total investment of $21.7 million, including a $10.5 million city contribution. A $7.5 million grant comes from the Department of Education and Higher Education, as well as a $2.4 million grant from the Gas Tax Program and Quebec contribution.

Still, with regard to the provision of sports and entertainment infrastructure services, the general manager underlines the deployment of stage 2 of the Rivia promenade. The new two-kilometer route connects the existing promenade with the Frédéric-Back pavilion at the entrance of the Parc des Voltigeurs. A loop is also made to Manoir Trent. “It complements Phase 1 well and provides a good framework for future investment in this industry,” says Francis Adam.

Estimated at $2.6 million, the project received a $1 million grant from the state government.

94% of actions completed or in progress
The 2017-2022 strategic plan includes 52 actions. To date, 94% has already been completed, showing minor deviations from or from completion.

“Even last year, COVID-19 has had a huge impact. It was necessary to constantly adapt to the changing rules according to the evolution of the pandemic situation. For most of the services, municipal works were in full swing. “I want to highlight the flexibility and agility of our municipal services,” said Francis Adam.

The city highlights the analysis of a cabaret-style performance hall, natural, wet and environmental protection master plan, in collaboration with Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville, among other things, actions to be completed by the end of the year. aquatic areas, as well as the re-characterization of potential areas related to the industrial, commercial and service sectors.

Three of the 52 actions show major implementation gaps. This includes the design of a citizen portal and the integration of information and communication technologies in interdepartmental relations, as well as identifying opportunities to modernize the organization’s operations in order to reduce the ecological footprint of the municipal organization.

“These are three actions that have problems with information technology. As an organization, we will need to improve our ability to integrate new technologies. We have work to do that will allow us to create such projects,” says Mr. Adam.

Future projects
The City of Drummondville’s initial strategic planning wraps up this year, while the city council and management team begin the next implementation. Until April 24, citizens can submit their views via an online consultation.

Francis Adam, General Manager of the City of Drummondville. (File photo – Ghyslain Bergeron)

In particular, municipal authorities want to take the pulse of the population on the importance of various aspects, including a sense of belonging, the environment, sports and recreation, land use planning, migration, economic development and tourism.

“We want to know their concerns, their expectations, what they like and don’t like in their city, to feed into the city council’s reflection in their choice of what to prioritize,” says the City of Drummondville general manager.

Citizens will be invited to vote again in June. “This time, we will ask the comments of the elected municipal officials about the projects they want to implement, and what they will prioritize over the selected projects. We want citizens to participate at the beginning and end of the process,” says Francis Adam.

The new 2023-2027 strategic plan is expected to be released this fall. An action plan will also be created.

Other achievements in 2021

  • Commencement of construction work of the new drinking water treatment plant
  • Record year in building permits
  • Banning pesticides
  • Collection of recyclable items by appointment to remove certain bulky waste from landfill
  • Stage 2 of Seigneurie Park
  • Launch of public engagement platform
  • Launch of line 311