Glen Allan Recreation Complex Modernization update

September 24, 2014

Glen Allan Recreation Centre

The Glen Allan Recreation Complex (GARC) Modernization project is moving forward.

At the September 23 Council meeting, Administration provided an update on how the Glen Allan Recreation Complex Modernization project’s scope of work and timelines have been affected by the heated economy. Based on this information, Council directed Administration to move forward with the work necessary to complete the wellness, accessibility and curling arena modernization of the 35 year-old facility.

Once the project construction tender process is complete, Administration will bring forward a capital budget amendment for Council consideration.

“As a Council, we believe the time is now to make the necessary investment to meet the ongoing needs of our community, based on what we heard during the public consultations,” says Mayor Carr.

The timelines for the continuation of the modernization project are focused on minimizing impacts to GARC users. Drop-in and registered programs initially based out of GARC will now be reviewed for short-term class locations. GARC will remain open for public and programming use until construction, which is anticipated to begin in Summer 2015.

Once construction begins, the facility’s wellness, court and group fitness areas will be closed, and programs will be relocated until the project is complete. The anticipated completion date is Winter 2016.

Upcoming accessibility improvements include an elevator to improve access to the second floor, accessible washrooms throughout the facility, larger accessible change rooms, accessible whirlpool and sauna with improved water treatment systems, specialized equipment for persons with disabilities, accessible racquet courts as well as appropriate facility signage for people with visual disabilities.

In addition, the second floor banquet room will be replaced with a group fitness studio, a multi-purpose program room will be added to serve specialized program needs and flexible space for spontaneous use and rentals, as well as an expansion of the wellness centre by 3,000 square feet. Racquet court users will enjoy moveable court walls, new glass front walls as well as an additional court.

Council’s decision allows for Administration to coordinate curling space use at the same time as the rest of the facility modernization. Staff will engage in discussions with curlers to explore user needs and develop detailed designs, as well as planning for year-round opportunities for other uses.

Discussion points include installing a concrete curling floor, providing accessibility onto the curling ice surface, modernizing the upper and lower curling lounges, improving storage and installing exterior access for ice removal and year-round equipment use. Public engagement details will be shared shortly.

The recently completed first stage of the facility modernization includes new accessible washrooms, new offices for the curling and figure skating clubs, as well as a relocated front desk to welcome patrons.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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