Sole facility of its kind in Canada; designed as best on continent
MILTON, ON, Nov. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's fastest growing community will soon be home to one of the fastest growing sports in the country with the construction
of a world-class indoor velodrome, the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am
Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) announced today.
The velodrome, which is jointly funded by the Government of Canada and
the Town of Milton, is the sole facility of its kind in Canada and only
the second that meets top international standards for cycling
competitions in the USA and Canada. Core to its design is its ability
to function as both an international venue for competitive cycling and
as a legacy community recreational centre.
Known as the Milton Pan Am and Parapan Am Velodrome during Games time,
it will officially open in fall 2014 on the future site of the Milton
Education Village, which offers a view of the Niagara Escarpment.
"With this facility, we have designs on being the fastest, most
state-of-the-art velodrome on the continent," said Ian Troop, Chief
Executive Officer, TO2015. "Not only will this ensure a fantastic field
of play for the top cyclists in the Americas and Caribbean coming to
compete here in less than a thousand days, it will also put Milton and
Canada on the world map of cycling."
In indoor track cycling, competitors ride on specialized bikes with no
brakes and can reach speeds in excess of 80 kilometres an hour as they
race around a banked wooden oval.
Milton's Class 1 track, which will feature a 250-metre timber track with
two 42-degree angle banks, is designed to meet the most stringent
requirements set by the International Cycling Union (UCI) for
international competitions. It will have the same international
designation that is required to hold Olympic and elite world
Designed to operate year-round, the facility will provide an important
new Olympic- and Paralympic-calibre training facility for
high-performance Canadian cyclists who, for the last two decades, have
been forced to train outside the country for months at a time. It will
also attract international cycling competitions to southern Ontario and
house offices for Cycling Canada and Cycling Ontario.
In addition, the three-storey, 14,240 square metre (154,000 sq. foot)
community centre is setting a new standard for flexibility, maximum
usage and community usage. For example, when cyclists are training on
the track, the three multi-use courts located on the infield or bowl
can be used for basketball and volleyball games, while joggers can use
the walking track located on the spectator level —all at the same time.
In addition to the government funding, the Town of Milton has received a
number of private donations from the local cycling community, led by
"We are extremely excited to house this world-class sports and community
recreational facility in Milton. The velodrome within the Milton
Education Village will help transform this part of the community into a
dynamic new neighbourhood," said Milton Mayor, Gordon Krantz. "We are
extremely grateful to the Government of Canada and our community
donors, especially Mr. Gilgan who has been a greater supporter of this
project from day 1."
The fully accessible velodrome will also house a training lab, fitness
centre, multi-purpose space, office space, café/lounge, community
bicycle storage, and a retail bike and repair shop. During Games time,
the venue will have room for up to 2,500 spectators.
"Our Government is a proud supporter of the 2015 Pan and Parapan
American Games, which will bring jobs, growth and long-term prosperity
to the region, the province and our country as a whole," said the
Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament
(Halton). "As a result of our Government's contribution to building the
Games, our talented cycling athletes will have the opportunity to train
and compete in a state-of-the-art velodrome, right here in Milton."
"Our Government is proud to support the creation of a new velodrome in
Milton, which will be Canada's first and only indoor cycling facility
that meets international specification," said the Honourable Bal Gosal,
Minister of State (Sport). "Through our Economic Action Plan 2012, the
Harper Government is helping the region develop its reputation as an
international destination for sport, while leaving behind a lasting
community recreation legacy for families in the region."
"The McGuinty government's support for the 'People's Games' is
triggering a legacy of community and high-performance centres across
the Greater Golden Horseshoe," said Michael Chan, Ontario Minister
responsible for the Pan/Parapan Am Games. "The new velodrome will draw
visitors and athletes from around the world to this region and will
continue to be an important sport hub for the people of Milton for
years to come."
The overall project costs for the Milton Pan Am and Parapan Am Velodrome
are anticipated to come in at $56 million, which includes $47.4 million
to design, build and finance the project. The remainder is comprised of
capital expenditures for equipment, transaction fees, project
management and other ancillary costs. Construction will start in
Earlier this fall, Infrastructure Ontario awarded the contract for the
Velodrome to Ontario Sports Solutions (ONSS) through a public tendering
process. The consortium consists of developers and constructors
Bouygues Building Canada Inc. and Kenaidan Contracting Ltd., as well as
the design team of Cannon Design, FaulknerBrowns Architects, Arup and
ONSS is also responsible for three additional Games venues: the Hamilton
Pan Am Soccer Stadium, an athletics stadium at York University in
Toronto and the resurfacing of tracks at the Toronto Track & Field
The Velodrome track is designed by Dale Hughes of WorldRecord Tracks
Inc., considered one of the top companies for these highly specialized
"As an avid cyclist, I can hardly wait to have this velodrome open in
Milton," said Peter Gilgan, founder and Chief Executive Officer of
Mattamy Homes. "It is my hope that this new cycling centre will become
the hub of cycling in Canada and that someday a Canadian cyclist will
stand atop the podium at the Olympic Games, thanks to the world-class
training they received here in Milton."
Currently there are seven velodromes in Canada and only two are indoor
Earlier this year, TO2015 announced the venue clusters and sport
programs for both the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, as well
as budget details for both Games. TO2015 will issue its first quarterly
budget update on Tuesday, November 20.
About the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games
The Pan American and Parapan American Games are one of the world's
largest international multi-sport events, held every four years for
athletes of the 41 member nations of the Pan American Sports
Organization (PASO) and 26 member nations of the Americas Paralympic
Committee (APC). The Pan American Games are comprised of all Olympic
Summer Games sports, as well as traditional Pan American sports, while
the Parapan American Games are comprised of the majority of Paralympic
Summer Games sports. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American
Games will draw more than 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials
and feature 51 sports in municipalities across the Greater Golden
Horseshoe area. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place
July 10−26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14. For more
information about the Games, please visit TORONTO2015.org.
SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
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Director, Media Relations and Chief Spokesperson, TO2015