Multi-purpose Agricultural Facility
Strathcona County continues with development plans for a multi-purpose agricultural facility—a community centre where residents from across the County can enjoy a variety of agricultural, community and social events.
1. Amenities and activities
Based on the regional facility model approved by council in 2016, the facility will accommodate agricultural events and group activities identified by local user groups. This includes a year-round heated arena. It will also provide indoor and outdoor amenities for other recreation and social events and small festivals.
Events would include 4-H shows, barrel racing, horse breed shows, cattle, dairy and other livestock shows, farmers' markets, archery clubs, and canine clubs and shows.
The regional concept was selected among the options of local, regional or provincial. The facility will have long-term potential to expand to a provincial model, providing additional capacity to host larger and higher-level events and competitions, and would also include banquet facilities.
2. Upcoming project phases
The County is currently working to secure the location selected by Council in fall 2017. A location announcement is expected in late February 2018.
Upcoming project phases and approximate timelines (subject to change):
- Design phase – 2018
- Pre-construction process – Winter to Fall 2019
- Construction start – Fall 2019
- Completion – Spring/Summer 2021
3. Project history
- 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 – using a detailed site selection process, Council selected a location for the facility. The land is currently being secured and not yet announced to the public.
- 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 – Strathcona County residents and local user groups interviewed and surveyed to determine needs and viability of a multi-purpose agricultural facility.
4. Further background