Zatzman Sportsplex

Renewed sports complex opens in Dartmouth, N.S.

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Zatzman Sportsplex, formerly named Dartmouth Sportsplex, has reopened its doors following a $28 million renovation and expansion designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and Abbott Brown Architects. The sports complex, located in Dartmouth, N.S., now features new amenities and services.

The purpose of the revitalization was to create activity, transparency and connection in the 100,000-square-foot facility, which now features a more open plan within the building and new views to the adjacent Halifax harbour and Dartmouth Common. A central triangular atrium, bright with natural light, links the levels of the facility.

New features added to the facility include a new entry, a larger fitness and cardio area and a new double gymnasium. A central café adjacent to the gym, a childcare area with views to the Common and new studios comprise the core of the building. The aquatics area now features a splash area for kids, new water slides, a therapy pool, universal changing facilities and accessibility improvements to the teaching pool.

“The fitness rooms now overlook the pool and the harbour, so patrons engage with the facility on many levels, are aware of more activities, and ultimately make more connections within the community,” said Jarle Lovlin, principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects, in a press release.

“Improvements in infrastructure make the whole facility more energy efficient and accessible, with better wayfinding and circulation and much more natural light,” said Alec Brown of Abbott Brown Architects.

New artwork, including a major mural by Mi’kmaw artist Jordan Bennett, featuring various metals, traditional Mi’kmaw motifs and colour. The mural explores the histories, traditions and contributions to sport in traditional Mi’kmaw territory. The artist also has another installation, a design across 1,500 square feet of interior glazing, displayed in the facility.

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