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About the dome

About the Project

Excitement is building over Russell Township’s first multi-use sports dome. It will be a 60,000 square foot facility designed to accommodate the diverse needs of our growing regional community. Owned and operated by the Township of Russell, it is slated to open in the fall of 2017. Ideally situated between Embrun and Russell Villages on Valoris Drive off of Notre-Dame Street, our new sports dome will be a world class venue.

The Kin Club of Russell is working with the community to raise funds for the dome and our objective is $400,000 – $500,000!

Equipped with a variety of amenities, this fully accessible facility will have a mixture of both artificial turf and solid flooring suitable for a variety of activities, including but not limited to:   soccer, football, walking, jogging, tennis, lawn bowling and more. The adjoining solid-structure building will house change rooms, washroom facilities and a community meeting room.

It will provide opportunities to inspire interaction and success while emphasizing the important role that recreation, networking and wellness play in building a complete community.


What is the Kin Club of Russell?

The Kin Club of Russell is an all-Canadian service club made up of community volunteers who meet in Russell and work to enrich our entire township through community service, leadership and partnerships. It was chartered in 2011 and has successfully run countless projects within the community. It is one of several hundred clubs across Canada that make up Kin Canada – Association of Kinsmen, Kinettes and Kin – Canada’s largest all-Canadian service organization.  It is a not-for-profit service organization working to better their communities, enhance the well-being of Canadians and improve the environment. The Association boasts a proud history since 1920 dedicated to fostering life-long friendships while “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need.”

Over the past 5 years, the Kin Club of Russell has raised over $200,000 for projects and charities within Russell Township.  It has raised an additional $100,000 for cystic fibrosis research.

Its annual events include the Russell Winter Carnival, RocKIN’ the Night Away (50’s and 60’s dance), the Poutmasters Fishing Derby, Kaiden’s Classic Fore Cystic Fibrosis charity golf tournament and several Trivia Nights throughout the year in support of community needs.

How will it be possible to raise the money to build the dome?

Over the next year, the Kin Club of Russell will work with the community to help focus on raising money for the dome. Funding will be sought through many other sources including grants, donations (cash, payroll deductions and in-kind), sponsorships, and partnerships. Partnerships will be one of our greatest assets. We will be approaching groups, clubs and associations, seeking their support in running additional fundraisers to make this dome a reality. A door to door campaign to raise awareness and funds for the dome is also planned for September 24th, 2016.

Why do we need a dome?

As a result of the Township recreation consultation in November of 2014, the need for a facility such as the sports dome was clearly identified. The dome is not intended to replace the potential recreation facility, but to help meet the immediate and long-term needs of the community.

During the winter months, there are many sports groups who cannot find adequate facilities to continue training and participate in their chosen sport and many players are forced to travel to other townships to use their facilities. It would also give more opportunities to local businesses. There are also many individuals in our community who do not have access to something as simple as a safe place to walk or run during the winter.

The Sports Dome will enable the residents of Russell Township and surrounding area to continue to enjoy the benefits of exercise and sport throughout the year. Having access to a fitness and amateur sport facility enhances our sports teams, contributes to the development of our athletes, and in turn levels the playing field between the villages of our township and other municipalities which have enjoyed similar first class facilities for many years.

What is a dome?

A dome is technically known as an air-supported structure – cement foundation walls, covered with a fabric membrane which is supported solely by air pressure supplied by inflation fans. To maintain the internal air pressure, specially designed revolving doors, pedestrian and vehicle air locks are installed to allow easy access to the dome.  

In addition to the primary heat and inflation unit, a standby mechanical unit powered by a generator is installed to protect the dome in the event of a power failure. The fabric is anchored to a concrete grade beam which acts as ballast to hold the structure in place.

How large will the dome be?

Based upon preliminary research, the proposed structure will be 330’ x 180’, with an adjacent clubhouse facility to house washrooms, change rooms and meeting room, joined to the dome by an airlock entrance.

What sports can be played in the dome?

Air-supported structures can accommodate a wide range of activities including soccer, basketball, rugby, tennis, football, lawn bowling, walking/running tracks, fitness camps, baseball, driving ranges, basketball, field hockey and more. Amenities of the Russell Township Sports Dome will depend upon the needs of our community as identified through community consultation.

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