The City of Chestermere is excited to announce that schematic designs for the upcoming civic and recreation centre have been approved.
“Community conversations and research for a new recreation facility have been in the works for many years,” says Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “It is wonderful to see how all of that effort is coming together in a brand-new amenity for our community to enjoy!”
The much awaited new centre will be located just off of Merganser Drive in the new community of Dawson’s Landing, and will be situated across the street from two future schools.
The schematic designs by Gibbs Gage Architects show both the internal and external plans for phase 1 of the 11,000 m2 facility. The approved budget for this project is $39.5 Million and will be funded by developers (through offsite levies), and government grants.
“Council is leading the way for the future of recreation and community space in Chestermere, and we are doing it without impacting taxes. That’s a win-win in my books!” says Mayor Chalmers.
The current indoor designs for phase 1 include a full size FIFA and multi-sport field, a walking track, changerooms, a wellness centre, team rooms and community space. The new facility will provide year-round space for close to 20 indoor field sports such as soccer, rugby, cricket, ultimate frisbee, field hockey, football, softball, lawn bowling and lacrosse, as well as community rooms and a wellness centre for fitness activities and exercise therapy.
The outdoor designs also show plans for outdoor gathering space, multi-season amenities (like basketball courts that can be flooded to create an outdoor rink), outdoor sports fields, bicycle parking and transit accommodations.
Future phases may also include arenas (depending on the future plans of the CRCA arenas and future community engagement), outdoor fields (in partnership with adjacent schools) a municipal building and library, and the possibility of an aquatic leisure centre (depending on details and regional collaboration with the City of Calgary for a new aquatic centre complex planned for the east side of Calgary).
“We are incredibly pleased to be in the design development phase of this project,” says Bernie Morton, Chestermere’s Chief Administrative Officer. “Chestermere greatly needs additional recreational amenities to compliment the existing rec centre, and this is a major step towards making this new community space a reality. We are eager to get moving and are confident that we will be welcoming residents, parents, spectators and community groups to enjoy this new space in 2023.”
Accepting the schematic design is the culmination of many years of public consultation and recreation research efforts.
Since 2014, City staff have been reviewing the recreation and fitness needs of the community. To do so, they conducted community consultation, a formal needs assessment, partnership exploration, site and concept feasibility work, development discussions, interviews with recreation experts, and other community site visits.
In 2020, staff explored feasibility, costs of access and servicing, and other technical requirements prior to presenting Council with location suggestions. Following the site selection last November, staff have been developing governance and operational plans, and have continued consultation with Chestermere’s existing sport and recreation groups.
As shown in the diagram, City Council’s approval to proceed to the design development stage is a momentous decision that will see the first tender for construction later this year.
A sod turning for the new facility is anticipated for this coming August. In the meantime, consultation, governance and operational planning work will continue.
To learn more about the project, visit Chestermere.ca/civiccentre. Public engagement opportunities will be posted to chestermereconversations.ca.
Note: Updated from the original statement to clarify phasing.