Council approves regional multi-purpose agricultural facility concept

October 27, 2016

Council approves regional multi-purpose agricultural facility concept

Strathcona County Council has approved the concept of a regional multi-purpose agricultural facility. Administration will now work on an appropriate location, associated servicing costs and preliminary engineering designs to confirm final costs for the 2017 budget process.

“Strathcona County has strong agricultural roots which remain an important part of our economic, cultural, social and recreational fabric,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “Investing in a regional multi-purpose agricultural facility will strengthen our rural community by supporting diverse needs. Increasing and diversifying agricultural business benefits our entire community.”

Council reviewed conceptual designs for a local, regional and provincial multi-purpose agricultural facility. The three options varied in size, scale and amenities and were developed based on a functional needs assessment of local user groups.

“After reviewing the three options, Council chose the regional facility, which includes the potential for long-term expansion to a provincial model," she says. “For decades, our rural agricultural groups have advocated for a large scale multi-purpose centre with resources and capacity to grow. A greater land base will support this vision. Council looks forward to advancing this plan.”

A regional multi-purpose agricultural facility would accommodate agricultural events and group activities identified by local user groups. It would also provide suitable amenities for other recreation and social events and small festivals. The estimated cost is $31M.

Events would include 4-H shows, barrel racing, horse breed shows, cattle and dairy, and other livestock shows, farmers' markets, archery clubs, canine clubs and shows, and more.

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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