Multi-purpose agricultural facility
The Strathcona County multi-purpose agricultural facility will be a destination where residents from across the County can enjoy a variety of agricultural, community and social events.
The facility will be located on a 150-acre parcel of land surrounding the historic Bremner Heritage Site on Range Road 225 north of Township Road 534, approximately 15 minutes northeast of Sherwood Park.
The facility is designed to accommodate agricultural events and group activities identified by local user groups, and the site will feature multi-purpose spaces that all residents can enjoy.
Amenities will include an indoor arena and a covered outdoor arena to support agricultural events, such as 4H shows, barrel racing, horse breed shows, livestock shows, and canine clubs and shows. The site will also include trails and day-use spaces with the potential for farmer’s markets, barbecues and camping.
Future expansion would allow for larger and higher-level competitions, and would include event, concert and banquet space and serviced RV camping
The Bremner site was unanimously selected by Council in September 2017. Both County-owned and privately-owned areas from across Strathcona County were evaluated using site selection criteria that considered recommendations outlined in the feasibility study, along with the research and expertise of internal departments.
The main feature of the Bremner Heritage Site is 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.
Next steps include development of the site plan concept, which includes the layout of all the approved components of the facility and site. Once drafted, the County will share plans with community groups to get their input on the functionality of the layout.
Construction is estimated to begin in late 2020, but that is subject to change. Once we confirm the design, we will update the timelines.
- March 13, 2018 – Strathcona County announced the selected location will be next to the Bremner Heritage Site in rural Strathcona County.
- December 12, 2017 – Council approved $16.1 million for the 2018 budget to complete design layout and servicing of the purchased site, including outdoor amenities.
- September 12, 2017 – following an internal site selection process, Council unanimously selected a location for the facility. Administration worked to secure the land purchase leading up to the announcement in March.
- October 25, 2016 – Council approved the regional facility concept and the purchase and servicing of additional land and outdoor amenities, to allow for future growth to a provincial level facility.
- Summer 2016 – Strathcona County interviewed local community groups to confirm user requirements and inform functional programming and design concepts.
- January 20, 2015 – Strathcona County Multi-Purpose Agricultural Facility Feasibility Study presented to Council, who accepted the results and directed administration to take the next steps as outlined in the study.
- March to October 2013 – As part of the feasibility study, Strathcona County residents and local user groups were interviewed and surveyed to determine needs and viability of a multi-purpose agricultural facility.
- December 2012 – Responding to a need for agricultural recreation space identified in several County planning documents and by residents and community organizations, Council approved funding to support a feasibility study to build a multi-purpose agricultural facility.