Multi-purpose agricultural facility
Strathcona County’s multi-purpose agricultural facility will be a destination where residents from across the County can enjoy agricultural, community and social events.
On September 24, 2019, Council provided direction toward finalizing the schematic design for ease of future expansion and to best meet community needs. The direction also included to proceed with design for a serviced campground, and an increased size for a covered outdoor arena to support more variety of uses; and to explore costs associated with a kitchen facility.
Council’s next step will be during budget 2020 discussions, to determine whether to approve the costs associated with the preferred design.
Finalized facility design is anticipated to be completed by spring 2020. Site servicing and site construction is anticipated to begin once design phases are completed and is expected to take two and a half years.
Year-round community agricultural activities
- From children to seniors, Strathcona County’s residents are involved in every activity and sport imaginable, including 4H and other agricultural activities. The facility will be designed to accommodate community agricultural activities and events including 4H, livestock, equine, canine activities and shows. It will also be a place for those activities where residents currently must leave the community regularly.
- It will enable non-traditional agricultural activities and events such as vintage tractor pulls, community gardens and farmers markets.
- It will be designed for year-round, all-weather use. Amenities will include an indoor arena and a covered outdoor arena.
Outdoor spaces all residents can enjoy
- Walk the trails, see events, interact with agriculture and the community.
- The site will have trails and day-use spaces with the potential for farmer’s markets, barbecues and other activities.
- There is potential for activities, trade shows and special events outside of agriculture.
A place to show the past, present and future of agriculture
- The facility will help the County preserve its agricultural heritage and rural roots by creating a community space and home for agriculture.
- 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 including a historic working garden, heritage displays and self-guided historic site interpretation.
- Close to Sherwood Park, Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan, the facility will be 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.
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.