Greely Village Centre set to become new home of PowerPlay Sports Complex

By Bruce Firestone | Uncategorized

Oct 30

For Immediate Release

GREELY, ONTARIO (October 31, 2013)—PowerPlay Sports, led by Ottawa-area entrepreneur, Alain Landriault, has signed a definitive agreement to purchase a parcel of land in Sunset Lakes to build and manage a private, state-of-the-art recreational facility in the heart of the fast-growing south end of Ottawa.

“A recreational facility has always been a part of our vision for Sunset Lakes and the Greely Village Centre,” said Dan Anderson, who along with partner Marcel Renaud co-founded the development in 1990. “This complex is set to become a community hub for Greely residents, providing them with sports, recreation and community facilities,” he added.

Greely already has a population of almost 10,000 people and, unlike neighbouring villages of Osgoode, Metcalfe and Manotick, it lacks a recreational facility.

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Sunset Lakes—Greely Village Centre

The idea of creating an inclusive sports complex has been a goal of PowerPlay Sports for some time. “As a leisure studies graduate from the University of Ottawa, I have always been an advocate of the social and health benefits that come from sports and recreation. So after hearing concerns for many years about an obvious lack of ice and sports field time, especially in a climate that requires indoor sports space, we felt it was time to launch a new initiative for PowerPlay, one we hope will be a model for other communities,” said Alain Landriault, founder of PowerPlay Sports.

PowerPlay discovered the Greely Village Centre location after scouting many other possible locations. Coincidentally, Sunset Lakes was actively looking for the right group to open a much-needed recreational facility in the village centre. After seeing the location and noting there was significant pent up demand for a sports facility, Landriault said, “It was clear this was one of the premiere locations in the Ottawa Area for this type of development.”

PowerPlay Sports recruited the help of Century 21 Explorer Realty Inc to help lay the groundwork for this project. Century 21 was instrumental in bringing the deal together and providing guidance, leadership and encouragement while working within the vision PowerPlay had for the project.

The complex will feature a two-pad arena, pro shop, indoor soccer field, fitness centre, offices, classroom/meeting space, child minding space, retail shops and restaurant/patio. It is adjacent to a 13.5 acre City of Ottawa sports field park.

Greely Village Centre is a master planned, live-work-play community in the south end of Ottawa, meaning that many residents will live just a short walk away from the new facility. The complex will create a stronger sense of community, have positive health and wellness benefits and help people de-stress. The sports complex will allow Greely and neighbouring residents to play all year round, in all kinds of weather.

The complex will host a wide variety of programming including organized hockey, player and goalie development, minor hockey, men’s and women’s league hockey, sledge hockey, floor hockey, ringette and figure skating. The indoor pitch will accommodate an array of turf sports including soccer programs for people of all ages, player and goalie development, lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, flag football and an indoor driving range with 6-8 tee boxes. The main arena will seat up to 2,000 people; it can also be used for entertainment and tradeshows. The fitness centre will offer group classes and can be extended into the turf space for interval training.  PowerPlay Sports is also slated to be home to the first indoor Parkour training facility in Ottawa—a rapidly growing sport with a wide range of participants.

Reaction from the community has been positive; it includes resolutions passed in support of the complex by both the Greely Community Association and the Greely Business Association. The new complex still requires municipal approvals before construction can take place. “Another reason we chose Greely and Sunset Lakes was that this site was serviced with sanitary, water and stormwater works so a lot of hard work has already been done by the developers to get ready for the next phase of development,” added Landriault.

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Note to Editors

About Power Play Sports

Power Play Sports is an organization focused on bringing privately-financed major recreational facilities to underserved communities and developing unique and engaging programming to drive attendance, profitability, health and wellness.

About Sunset Lakes Developments

Inspired by waterfront communities in Florida, Arizona and New Zealand, Sunset Lakes saw its first residents in 1993. By the end of the 90’s, the first community of Sunset Lakes was sold out. The neighbourhoods of Woodstream, South Village, Greely Orchard, Water’s Edge, Cedar Lakes followed and Sunset Lakes became an important name in the development of rural Ottawa communities. Residents enjoy half acre and two acre homesites just 20 kilometres south of Parliament Hill.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Morris (sunsetlakes@rogers.com) 1.613.860.1100

Alain Landriault (a.landriault@yahoo.ca) 1.613.808.1352

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To get a sense of what the arena will look like, here are some photos of the Rockland facility (set to music).

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