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Over the past few years, the City has conducted a variety of surveys and engagement activities to ask residents what they would like to see in a future civic centre. Previous significant public consultation opportunities included:
• Facilities and Amenities Strategic Plan (2012) & Master Recreation Plan (2014): consultations were completed with over 35 recreation and community organizations.
• Recreation Needs Assessment (2016): targeted telephone survey and interviews with community groups
• Community Town Hall Meeting (2018): an in-person community discussion about ideas for how to make Chestermere amazing
• User group activities and engagement - phone and hard copy surveys (2019/2020)
The results of these consultations have been carefully considered in the planning process. More public consultation will be incorporated as the project progresses as well.
The Chestermere Civic Recreation Centre will be situated in a residential neighbourhood, and is a multiphased project with land to accommodate future phases. It is being designed to support a future adjacent high school, public gatherings, commercial development, outdoor connectivity, and a broad range of recreation amenities.
As a new community hub, this centre will need to meet the architectural expectations of our residents and be consistent with the quality housing product that we expect from our developers (who are significantly contributing to this project).
It is important to note that the new Civic Recreation Centre is going to be much more than just a fieldhouse. In addition to indoor turf, it will also include:
The site includes a creative and multipurpose landscaping and amenities like a hard court / ice rink, a covered pergola, a transit plaza, parking lots that can transition to sport surfaces and a community event plaza. Finally, this site has been carefully placed across from two future school sites so that there can be seamless interactions between all ages and stages of life.
The anticipated opening date is late Summer or early Fall 2023.
This is a multi-phased project, and a pool (along with arenas and other amenities) will be considered for future phases in the coming years. This was stated in April 2020 when Council received the Gibbs Gage Feasibility Study, and reiterated in November 2020 when a site was selected. The designs that have been presented show PHASE 1. The City and the design team are aware of the interest in a pool in future phases and have considered this in their master plan to ensure there would be compatibility if a pool is added down the road.
The current indoor designs include a full size FIFA and multi-sport field, a walking area, change rooms, a wellness centre, team rooms, a studio, spin room 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 a basketball court that can be flooded to create an outdoor rink), future outdoor sports fields, bicycle parking and transit accommodations.
The Chestermere Recreation Centre remains an important part of the community’s recreation fabric, and will continue to provide essential recreation services. The City is providing complementary services in acknowledgement that additional and different facilities are greatly needed to serve our growing community. Extra land is being secured now to support this future growth. The City will work closely with key recreation stakeholders like the CRCA to facilitate effective long-range planning for future recreation amenities.