At the Council meeting on December 13, 2017, Brampton City Council authorized staff to proceed with the purchase of the Riverstone Golf Club, including the clubhouse building and surrounding valley lands.
The Riverstone Clubhouse will be converted to a 34,000-square-foot recreation facility including:
- An updated pool area, including a salt water pool
- Expanded change rooms and fitness rooms
- Several multi-purpose rooms
While the Riverstone Community Centre is intended to serve residents of all ages, there will be an emphasis on programming to meet the needs of older adults. The centre is expected to offer options similar to the Flower City Seniors Recreation Centre, with the additional benefit of aquatics and fitness facilities on site.
The valley lands (formerly the golf course) will be re-naturalized by the City, in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, feature recreational walking trails. This will provide habitat for local wildlife and restore the important ecological function of the valley to help clean out air and improve natural drainage, while providing beautiful public trails to encourage active living and healthy well-being in Brampton's neighbourhoods.
The purchase of the Riverstone property will benefit the city in many ways:
- Expanded recreation opportunities for residents on the east side of Brampton.
- Providing valuable new amenities for our growing senior population, including a salt water pool.
- By renovating an existing facility instead of building new, the City will save millions of dollars and years of construction time.
- Recreational opportunities at the centre and on the public trails will help to encourage an active lifestyle, which is important for the long-term health of our community. City staff are exploring opportunities for outdoor fitness equipment in areas along the recreational trails, as well as informal seating areas for the rest stops along the way.
- The recreation trails will provide a new connection with the Gore Meadows Community Park, Claireville Conservation Area and beyond. This will provide important new options for active transportation on the east side of the city.
- Re-naturalizing of the golf course lands comes with significant benefit to the natural system as well as the local community. By restoring the natural function of the valley lands, nature will flourish, improving air quality and natural drainage, while creating a healthy home for local wildlife, including the redside dace, an endangered species of fish.
The City has signed an agreement to purchase the property, not the golf business. The price in the Agreement of Purchase and Sale is $9 million plus a $2.6 million contribution for capital improvements. The purchase price includes the clubhouse building, land around the building (to be used as overflow parking), and surrounding parcels of land. The capital improvement contribution will enable the seller to do the work necessary to convert the clubhouse to a public recreation centre.
The vast majority of the funds will come from development charges (paid by developers), with only approximately $500,000 in tax dollars required to complete the purchase.
The decision to purchase the Riverstone clubhouse and surrounding lands was based on extensive consultation with Brampton residents, community groups, and businesses during the development of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
The City of Brampton assumed the Riverstone site from the property vendor in Spring 2020. This was following the necessary sign off by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to clear change of use requirements. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, facility interior renovation works was delayed due to COVID-19 related mandatory work stoppages. At this time, the City is completing final renovations on the interior of the building including lighting, work spaces, security enhancements, a lower level change-room refresh and ensuring City health and safety requirements are met. As such, a facility opening date is not available at this time.