Grand re-opening of an old favourite

October 1, 2016

Grand re-opening of an old favourite

It’s time for the big reveal! Residents are invited to enjoy the newly renovated Glen Allan Recreation Complex.

“The Glen Allan Recreation Complex is our flagship in accessible design for visitors of all abilities. The jewel that we see today is the result of deliberate, thoughtful conversations with our residents, the University of Alberta’s Steadward Centre for Personal and Physical achievement, and sports clubs,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “I am especially thankful to the Government of Alberta for investing $3 million towards our shared vision of an accessible, responsive community-based recreation space.”

“Our government is committed to ensuring municipalities have the resources they need to create stronger, more dynamic communities for Alberta families,” says Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “We are proud to invest in projects, like the Glen Allan Recreation Complex, which offers a variety of accessible activities to encourage healthy living for all ages and abilities.”

Glen Allan is now a model facility in accessible design. 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.

The second floor was reconfigured to include a large group fitness studio, and a multi-purpose program room to serve specialized program needs and flexible space for spontaneous use and rentals. An expansion of the wellness centre by 3,000 square feet improves equipment spacing and the overall workout experience. Racquet court users now enjoy moveable court walls on two courts, new glass front walls, as well as an additional court available for play.

A concrete curling floor was installed to improve ice quality and create new year-round multi-purpose opportunities in the curling rink. Other work included improved accessibility onto the curling ice surface, modernization of the upper curling lounge/Sports Grill, modernization of lower curling lounge, improved storage for the curling club, as well as a new exterior access for ice removal and multi-use equipment for year-round use.

Health and wellness offerings have also been expanded with innovative programming that meets health-related needs, including chronic illness and rehabilitation initiatives. For example, the Next Step program includes individual, group and water-based programming for people with various chronic conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, joint replacements, obesity, cancer, heart disease and more.

The $14 million Glen Allan Recreation Complex modernization project was made possible through the Government of Alberta’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding grant of nearly $3 million. Renovations of the 36 year old Glen Allan Recreation Complex began in spring, 2015.

The Glen Allan Recreation Complex is located at 199 Georgian Way, Sherwood Park.

 

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 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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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595