Update

At its July 19, 2022 meeting, administration provided Council with the following update:

  • provided a report, for Council’s consideration, for The Pointe project, outlining proposed revisions to the concept and design that would reduce the scope, providing a revised budget based upon the proposed scope and anticipated project timelines.
  • Specific dates are shared as outlined below. View the media release from the May 17, 2022 Council presentation for more information.
Last modified: July 19, 2022, 9:38 a.m.

Strathcona County’s agricultural facility will be a place where residents from across the County can enjoy agricultural and community activities.

Next steps:

  • Administration continues its operational, services and strategy planning to bring the Pointe's revised vision to life.
  • Revised timeline:
    • Develop procurement documents - Commence Q3 2022
    • Site development and utilities design revision phase - Commence Q3 2022
    • Building design / build procurement process - Commence Q3 2022
    • Anticipated project completion - Q2 2025

Highlights of revised conceptual design renderings

Revised conceptual design and site plan for Pointe-aux-Pins Acres (1.4 MB)


Amenities

Year-round agricultural and community activities

  • Residents and visitors will meet at Pointe-aux-Pins Acres (The Pointe) for community agricultural activities and events.
  • Residents will also gather at The Pointe for non-traditional agricultural activities and events such as vintage tractor pulls.
  • It will be designed for year-round, all-weather use. Amenities will include both an indoor and an outdoor arena.
  • The main building will be 67,235 square feet.

Outdoor spaces all residents can enjoy

  • Safety for humans and livestock is a priority throughout the site.
  • Interact with agriculture and the community.
  • There will be an outdoor riding arena.

About the name - Pointe-aux-Pins Acres (The Pointe)

  • The name Pointe-aux-Pins Acres anchors the new amenity in community heritage. The Pointe is a destination where residents from across Strathcona County can enjoy agricultural and community events.
  • The County considers the history of our community and points of interest in the local area or region when considering new facility names.  
  • Pointe-aux-Pins Creek is a significant water feature on Strathcona County’s landscape. One of only a few place names in the County known to have a French origin, the name translates literally as “pointed at the pines.” The creek flows into the North Saskatchewan River from the southeast—from the higher elevations in the Beaver Hills. In the late 1800s, Pointe-aux-Pins Creek was the last of four creek crossings for travellers making the 21-mile journey by land from Strathcona, at the north end of the Canadian and Edmonton railway line known as the “end of steel”, to Fort Saskatchewan.  

A place to show the past, present and future of agriculture

  • Pointe-aux-Pins Acres will be a community space where agriculture heritage and rural roots are preserved.
  • It will complement Bremner Heritage Site, including Bremner House, a 5,400 square-foot home built by Charles Bremner in 1912 or 1913. Strathcona County Council purchased Bremner House in 2004 to preserve a piece of the community's heritage for future generations.
  • Opportunities to see, learn, and get involved could include agri-educational opportunities.

Easily accessible

  • Close to Sherwood Park, Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan, Pointe-aux-Pins Acres is located on a 230-acre parcel of land surrounding the Bremner Heritage Site on Range Road 225 north of Township Road 534, approximately 15 minutes northeast of Sherwood Park.
  • It will be easy to access from all directions - just off Highway 16, and close to major transportation routes including the Anthony Henday and Highway 21.

Project history

From the beginning, the vision for a multi-purpose agricultural facility was driven by the expressed need for agricultural recreation space in the community. Every step of the way, the project was built on sound decisions, research, planning and engagement.

The design process on large infrastructure projects includes refinements at every stage, from concept development and throughout schematic design.

Throughout this process, Strathcona County has confirmed direction with Council and the community to ensure the facility supports community needs.

*Please note: the information below reflects work prior to the Council meeting on May 17, 2022. Refer to the notice at the top of this page for more information.

Strathcona County continues its important work to develop Pointe-aux-Pins Acres, which represents a vital link to the importance of agriculture in the community. Read the full news release for current status.

About Pointe-aux-Pins Acres

Introducing Pointe-aux-Pins Acres. On January 19, 2021, Council accepted the name for the site of the multi-purpose agricultural facility. The name Pointe-aux-Pins Acres, or The Pointe, anchors the new amenity in community heritage and highlights a destination where residents from across Strathcona County can enjoy agricultural and non-agricultural events, community, business conferences and social events.

  • With its strategic ties to the County’s Agriculture Master Plan, the Pointe will be defined as a destination where people from across the county (and beyond) can enjoy agricultural and non-agricultural education and history, community and social events. The Pointe amplifies strong connections to the County’s Recreation and Culture Strategy’s focus on meeting community needs, environmental stewardship, inclusion and building overall capacity.

  • On September 29, 2020, Strathcona County Council approved the funding for a regional multi-purpose agricultural facility. The total funding approved by Council for design and construction is $71.2 million which includes rural site preparation and servicing as well as building and amenities. 

  • On September 15, 2020, an economic impact report was presented to Council. The report projects the facility will contribute over $33 million to the local economy and generate 290 jobs over the first five years of operation.



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