Recreational facilities were not common to the Town of Falconbridge until the mid 1940's, although sports were still enjoyed in the community as early as the 1920's. The people of Falconbridge were active in various sports including lacrosse and soccer. Their lacrosse team was part of the Nickel Belt Lacrosse League and was successful in securing the 1932 league championship title. Their soccer team was also a championship wining team, securing the Ontario Cup three years in a row.

Sometime in the 1940's, the town's first community hall was built. The community hall was a multi-purpose building that served as the town hall, the church, the club hall, the library, the mine office, and the general store. In 1960, a new community hall was built to replace the existing structure. It was twice the size of the original building and even had an indoor swimming pool. The community hall was torn down in 1974.

Falconbridge Arena - 2004.  Photo courtesy of Carolyn Salem.In 1944, the town's first bowling alley was built. This bowling alley served a dual purpose as it was also used as the train station for the passenger locomotives. By 1949, the Town of Falconbridge was about to have its first indoor rink.

The indoor rink was designed to serve as a memorial to the men who fought in World War II. Funds were raised for its creation through donations from local businesses, the town's people, Falconbridge Nickel Mines Limited, and a lottery (which was illegal in those days). The rink was built by volunteer labourers and upon its completion, boasted a large ice surface, dressing rooms, offices, a lounge, a snack bar, and an electronic clock and scorekeeper. In 1955, a curling rink was added to the building.

With all of the activities that Falconbridge residents were involved with, they still lacked a field on which to play. In honour of the town's Centennial, the community decided to build a park. Centennial Park was located on a reclaimed patch of land that formerly served as a tailings pond for Falconbridge Nickel Mines Limited. The park featured a new Community Centre, tennis courts, a playground, a park, and a baseball diamond. The park continues to provide the residents of Falconbridge with an opportunity to participate in many social activities and sports events in the heart of their community.

Today, residents of Falconbridge enjoy many recreational activities that keep them active and healthy year-round.


Material compiled from Nickel Centre Yesterdays.

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