Milton facility remains on budget, on time for opening in 2014
MILTON, ON, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - A circle of Ontario cyclists helped to
officially break ground today on Canada's new home for cycling: the
Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome.
Jointly funded by the Government of Canada and the Town of Milton, the
facility will officially open in fall 2014 and have the address 2015
Pan Am Boulevard, commemorating the town's involvement in the "People's
"In just 15 months, this empty field and high-performance sport in
Canada will be transformed with the rising of the velodrome," said Ian
Troop, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am
Games Organizing Committee (TO2015).
"Like all of our new venue builds for the Games, the velodrome remains
on budget and on time. Shortly after it opens in the fall of 2014,
Milton will host its first international competition. This sport's test
event will help us fine-tune our plans for delivering a world-class
experience for our athletes and spectators in the summer of 2015."
Up to 20,000 spectators will watch top cyclists from the Americas and
Caribbean compete in the velodrome — the sole facility of its kind in
Canada — during the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
Milton's 250-metre timber track, with two 42-degree banks, is designed
to meet the most stringent requirements set by the International
Cycling Union (UCI) to hold elite world championships. The nearest
indoor facility meeting similar standards is located in Carson,
California, where Canada's top cyclists currently train.
"We've worked hard over the past year with TO2015, the Government of
Canada and our community donors, especially Peter Gilgan, to make this
dream a reality for Milton," said Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz. "It's
incredibly exciting for all of us to finally see it come together. By
the time the velodrome is completed, we'll be ready to show the world
and the rest of Canada all that Milton has to offer."
After the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, the building will be
owned and operated by the Town of Milton and will be known as the
Mattamy National Cycling Centre. The oval-shaped, three-storey, fully
accessible velodrome is designed to function as both an international
venue for competitive cycling and as a legacy community recreational
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.
It will also house offices for Cycling Canada and Cycling Ontario, a
training lab, fitness centre, multi-purpose space, office space,
café/lounge, community bicycle storage, and a retail bike and repair
"Today's groundbreaking for the Milton Pan Am and Parapan Am Velodrome
marks the beginning of a new era for sport in Milton," said the
Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament
(Halton). "The building of this facility will not only allow us to host
some of the best cyclists in the world during the 2015 Pan and Parapan
American Games, but will also make Milton a destination of choice for
athletes and competitions long after the Games are over."
The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), added: "The Harper
Government is a proud supporter of the 2015 Pan and Parapan American
Games. We are especially proud to support the building of this
velodrome in Milton, which will be Canada's only indoor cycling
facility that meets international specifications. This state-of-the-art
facility will give our talented cycling athletes the opportunity to
train and compete here in Canada."
In the past season, the Canadian women's team pursuit squad won a bronze
medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, gold at the World Cup in
Aguascalientes, Mexico and bronze at the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World
Championships in Minsk, Belarus. On the men's side, the men's team
sprint won silver in February at the 2013 UCI Pan-American Track
Cycling Championships held in Mexico City. Joseph Veloce of Fonthill,
ON, also captured silver at the championships in the individual men's
In 2012, para-cyclist Marie-Claude Molnar won a Paralympic bronze for
Canada in London in the individual time trial, capping off her two
bronze medals in the three-kilometre individual pursuit and the
500-metre time trial at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships
in Los Angeles. The men's tandem team also won bronze at the
championships in the four-kilometre individual pursuit.
"The People's Games in Ontario are strengthening infrastructure for
sport and recreation across southern Ontario, creating jobs and
building communities," said Michael Chan, Ontario Minister Responsible
for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. "This unique world-class
velodrome will draw international level competitions, athletes and
visitors from around the world, and will also serve as a local base for
people of all ages, abilities and with a variety of interests for years
Overall project costs for the 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
"The velodrome will be a centre for cycling athletes of all ages,
abilities and aspirations and for people who enjoy all the activities
that will be part of this venue's programming," said Kevin Flynn,
Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville. "The venue will be a
vibrant, active sport and recreation centre for the Town of Milton and
communities across the region."
In addition to the government funding, the Town of Milton has received a
number of private donations from the local cycling community, led by
philanthropist and business leader Peter Gilgan.
"As exciting as it is to stand here today, I can only imagine what it
will be like for all of us when we first wheel out onto this
magnificent track in 2014," said Peter Gilgan, founder and chief
executive officer of Mattamy Homes. "Our entire cycling community is
excited about this new velodrome becoming the home of Canadian cycling.
It will be amazing when the first Canadian cyclist who trains here wins
gold — maybe in 2015!"
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015)
is tasked with the responsibility of planning, managing and delivering
the Games. Its mission is to ignite the spirit through a celebration of
sport and culture. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place
July 10−26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14.
The 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of
Ontario, as well as other partners and sponsors. CIBC is the Lead
Partner of the Games.
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