Community Centre - parkade and library closure
As a result of an incident on November 6 when two explosions occurred in the Community Centre parkade, cleaning and restoration continue in parts of the Community Centre.
- The Strathcona County Library at the Community Centre remains closed. A new temporary library is operating from Unit 100, 100 Broadview Drive.
- The Community Centre Parkade remains closed.
- All County offices have now re-opened in the Community Centre and County Hall, including Council Chambers.
- The Agora and meeting rooms are open again for public bookings.
- Vicky’s Bistro and Wine Bar, and coffee bar kiosk are now open.
A new underground parkade, outdoor parking lots and street parking are available in the Centre in the Park area - check parking options.
Public transit is also an option.
- Media release - Community Centre update - Council Chambers re-opens - February 12, 2019
- Media release - Community Centre update - south towers office space opens - January 15, 2019
- Media statement - Community Centre update - public access via 501 Festival Avenue
- Media release – Community Centre complex restoration update – Council and staff return week of December 17 - December 12, 2018
- Media Release - Community Centre restoration costs estimated at $14M – November 28, 2018
- Diehl Townsley (Director of Facility Services) media statement - November 19
- Mayor Rod Frank media statement - November 19
- Media statement - November 16, 3 p.m.
- Media statement - November 13, 7 p.m.
- Media statement - November 10, 1 p.m.
- Media statement - November 9, 4 p.m.
- Media statement - November 8, 6 p.m.
- Media availability statement - November 7, 3 p.m.
- Media availability statements - November 7, 11:30 a.m.
- November 6: Community Centre closure
About the November 6 incident
On November 6, at approximately 6:20 p.m., there was an explosion in the Community Centre parkade. The resulting fire was called in to 9-1-1. Fire fighters were first on scene. Staff and patrons were evacuated as a safety precaution.
About two hours later, there was a second explosion. It then became an RCMP crime scene. A lone male was found injured in a vehicle and was transported to hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries. Due to the uncertainty of the situation, the concentration and unknown properties of smoke and soot throughout the entire complex (including Community Centre, library, parkade, Vicky’s and County Hall), the area was closed and turned over to the RCMP Major Crimes unit. Area schools and businesses were closed to ensure the RCMP team had room to conduct their investigation.
RCMP concluded a thorough search of the entire Community Centre area and investigated the scene at the parkade as of November 15. They reported their findings and returned the building to Strathcona County. Air quality and structural testing were conducted prior to anyone being let back on site – even to collect their vehicles. Once air quality was deemed safe, additional structural and environmental testing was possible. The RCMP investigation continues.