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Community Centre Study

The Town of Amherst, in partnership with the Municipality of the County of Cumberland, has initiated a process to investigate the feasibility of a modern multi-purpose complex.

Amherst boasts great assets that accommodate community recreation and leisure needs, including the Amherst Stadium and Four Fathers Memorial Library. However, new needs and interests have been emerging as the population grows and becomes more diverse. The need for a community centre was identified in the town’s 2016 Recreation Master Plan. It is also recognized that such a facility could serve residents throughout the broader Cumberland region.

Sierra Planning and Management is leading the study, along with DSRA Architecture.

Assessment of the feasibility of a new recreation facility serving all communities in the Cumberland region requires a clear process:

  1. Reviewing best practices – examples of similar facilities in comparable communities in Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada, and nationally;
  2. Trends – the potential for innovations in design, programming, sustainability, and operations;
  3. Initial engagement – with user groups and stakeholders. Broader public consultation will occur as development concepts and options are identified;
  4. Understanding needs and interests – What amenities and programs are necessary to meet the desired needs and interests in the context of existing facilities and programs?
  5. Review by the public once a defined plan for a new facility emerges.

The study team will initiate meetings with user groups and interviews with stakeholders to begin the process of visioning for the future to meet the needs of our strong and growing communities. 

Project Timeline

User groups meetings 

As part of the process, two in-person user group meetings will take place on Oct. 25, 2022, to discuss user groups' needs and potential uses of a new multi-use community recreation facility. 

The meetings will be held in the conference room at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre at 5 Ratchford Street. Invited user groups can attend a day meeting being held between noon and 1:30 p.m. or an evening meeting being held between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The invited user groups can select which meeting time best suits them. They are asked to RSVP by going to:

Anyone with questions about the user group meetings are asked to contact Sierra Planning and Management at 416-363-4443 ext 22 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Project Contact (Sierra Planning & Management):                                   Project Contact (Town of Amherst):
John Hack                                                                                                     Andrew Fisher
Director                                                                                                         Director, Planning & Strategic Initiatives
Sierra Planning and Management                                                              Town of Amherst
Phone: 416-363-4443 ext 20                                                                        Phone: 902-664-6580
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