Cornwall ON – Council was a short session tonight. No major business; a few ruffled feathers and no dogs in Lamoureux Parc until the next group of council.
The big news was the naming of the 3+1 Arena.
Cornwall’s new multi sport facility finally has a name : The Benson Centre.
One of Ontario’s leading autoparts companies, the Benson Organization, has purchased the naming rights to the facility for 12 years at a cost of $600,000. The agreement was approved by Cornwall City Council this evening.
“It is truly an honour for the Benson Organization to partner with the City of Cornwall to ensure future generations have a first class facility that they can call their own,” said Marty Benson. “This facility also allows us to welcome people from all across Ontario and even Canada to participate in local, provincial or national competitions ensuring Cornwall continues to be a top destination for athletics.”
“We’re proud to call the City of Cornwall our home,” continued Mr. Benson. “It’s because of the support the community gives to us that we are in a position to give back. We’re excited about contributing to a project that benefits kids and people of all ages, background or athletic ability.”
“This is an historic day for the City of Cornwall,” said Mayor Bob Kilger, “The Benson family’s actions today are the final pieces of the puzzle that delivers a sports facility which has been funded in a very responsible and progressive manner. The Benson Centre will serve the people of this City and region for decades to come, and it’s name creates an important legacy for the Benson family and their team of dedicated employees.”
Funding for the $32.5 million multi-sport facility was secured with financial contributions totalling $18.4 million from the Government of Canada and Province of Ontario. The City of Cornwall’s contribution was offset with a community fundraising effort that had a goal to raise $2 million from corporate and personal donations. The purchase of naming rights by Benson pushes the fundraising effort over its goal.
“The Benson Family would like to thank Mayor Bob Kilger, Council, City administration and the 3+1 Fundraising Committee for inviting us to participate in this project,” added Mr. Benson. “This milestone is a great example of what can be accomplished with a team effort.”
“Hats off to the Benson family for what we think is a very strategic investment,” said Scott Lecky, Chair of the 3+1 Fundraising Committee. “This facility will be host to dozens of tournaments and the Benson brand will be front and centre to thousands of hockey and soccer families.”
About the Benson Organization
The Benson Organization operates a network of strategically located auto part retail outlets in Ontario and Quebec.
The company’s headquarters are located in the Cornwall Business Park where it also maintains a 150,000 square foot distribution centre. Benson maintains the most comprehensive inventory of any auto parts jobber in Ontario both in brand name and more modestly priced generic brands.
Benson is 100% Canadian owned.
About the Multi-Sport Facility
The new Cornwall Sports Centre is being constructed on a 15 acre parcel of land between Seventh Street and Second Street, just west of Brookdale Avenue. The facility will include:
- 3 NHL Sized Rinks
- Field House with Walking Track
- Tennis Court
- Community Room
- Mezzanine with view of Arenas and Field House
As well as a positive economic impact for Cornwall and the surrounding area, this new facility will encourage area residents to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and most importantly, provide local youth with a “world of possibilities” in athletics.
The facility is on schedule to be in operation by May 1st, 2011. As the structure of the sports centre continues to take shape, people can follow the construction progress via photos posted regularly on www.Cornwall.ca.