A clear and honest update for west end residents.
The west end has been hankering for a new recreation facility for a long, long time.
In fact, there are no City of Edmonton recreation centres west of Jasper Place Leisure Centre (which has been under renovation since 2016 — grand re-opening scheduled for February 2020). The closest recreation facility for families is the Jamie Platz YMCA inside Anthony Henday and near Whitemud. It was built in 1990.
It’s clear that a new facility is needed!
In June 2019, West Edmonton residents were thrilled to hear that a budget of $321-million was approved for the Lewis Farms Recreation Centre.
Lewis Farms Rec Centre Amenities
- 30 x 25m dive tank with 1 and 3m springboards and 5, 7.5 and 10m dive platforms
- Swimming pool with water features, kiddie pool, 53m ten-lane pool, whirlpool and steam room
- Fitness centre with cardio and weight training space
- Two fitness studios
- Three gyms
- Bouldering wall
- Twin NHL-size rinks, plus an outdoor ice rink
The facility will also be home to a new 18,000 square foot Edmonton Public Library branch, making it a real community hub.
Edmonton Catholic Schools Study Centre
Plans also include a 48,000 square foot Edmonton Catholic Schools District academic centre and daycare. Funding for design and construction of this building will come directly from Edmonton Catholic Scools.
Wow, right? It will be such an incredible amenity.
So What’s Happening Now?
Unfortunately, the project has officially been put on hold.
Why the Change?
It all comes down to funding.
Mayor Don Iveson chalks it up to provincial level budget cuts.
CBC News quoted the mayor saying that: “Our fiscal situation has been fundamentally altered by the government of Alberta. Very tangibly this loss… corresponds to the loss and delay on this rec centre.”
Read the full story here.
Ward 1 Councillor Andrew Knack is disappointed, but is committed to seeing the rec centre built.
Follow Andrew Knack’s website for updates!
What Happens Next?
- The design phase will be completed.
- The City may consider cost-saving measures or a reduction of the original scope.
- There will be a formal report made to a committee of Council.
- There will be a public meeting at City Hall where residents can address the information in the report.