The Hollingsworth Arena was built in 1972 and was named after Frank Hollingsworth a long-time public-school teacher and volunteer sports organizer. Prior to it being decommissioned, the Hollingsworth Arena was home to the Newmarket Minor Hockey Association.
Demolition work at the Hollingsworth Arena
The Town of Newmarket has selected Salandria Ltd. through a competitive procurement process to carry out the demolition of the Hollingsworth Arena (35 Patterson Street). Preliminary work is scheduled to begin during the second week of December 2020, depending on weather and site factors, and it is expected to last until Spring 2021. During this time, access to the parking lot will not be available.
The decision to decommission the building was made by Newmarket Council in April 2019 due to the age of the building, decreased use by the community and a significant amount of capital funding required to repair and keep the building operational.
The demolition work is scheduled to take place Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some work on Saturdays may take place as required. Work includes, but is not limited to:
- Pre-construction activities and site mobilization
- Disconnection of existing utility services
- Demolition and removal of the above ground structures
- Demolition and removal of the underground structures
- Placing backfill, grading, and placing topsoil and seeding
All trees, plants and shrubs in the area will be protected by temporary fencing.
As with all construction works, residents in the area may experience dust, noise and vibration. The Town and the contractor will limit these inconveniences as much as possible to ensure that they do not exceed acceptable limits.
In May 2019, Newmarket Council voted to preserve 2.14 acres of greenspace on the Hollingsworth Arena land for community use and endorsed the concept of developing a portion of the property in conjunction with adjacent lands (693 Davis Drive and 713 Davis Drive).
A public meeting will be held at a later date for residents to provide their feedback on future plans for the remaining 2.14 acres of land retained by the Town of Newmarket on the Hollingsworth Arena site.
For more information on the project please email Hossam Mossa, Project Manager, Capital Projects at firstname.lastname@example.org