One of the suggestions of the Master Recreation Plan was to investigate the need for and feasibility of building a recreation and leisure centre in Chestermere.
Starting in 2015, the City’s Parks & Recreation team, along with consultants from RC Strategies conducted a detailed analysis of current needs as well as the feasibility to pursue this project. The completed report is an in depth compilation of conversations with residents, stakeholders and community groups, surveys conducted around Chestermere and surrounding areas, and the current experience of recreation in Chestermere.
The Study explored questions of financial sustainability, design components, phasing opportunities, the importance of the current Recreation Centre, and the potential for exploring partnership opportunities.
The recommendations in the Study suggest that in addition to ensuring current recreation service levels are maintained, the City should explore a two phased plan for a future facility to serve the community’s growing recreation needs. This would include space for an indoor field house (gymnasium, fitness centre and multi-purpose space) as well as an aquatics center with a pool.
Going forward, the City is interested in exploring partnership arrangements to further determine the viability of a new facility. Concurrent to investigating funding options, the City is working with the CRCA to ensure that the existing Recreation Centre can continue to support the community.
Funding opportunities are being explored for this long term goal and the City is continuing to invest in outdoor recreation opportunities for residents.