Emerald Hills Leisure Centre - building

Emerald Hills Leisure Centre

EHLC - lap pool

Lap pool

EHLC - pool

Aqua-fitness Class

EHLC - Special needs ramp

Accessible whirlpool

EHLC - multi-depth pool

Leisure swim in multi-depth pool

EHLC Lap Swim

Lap Swim

Emerald Hills Leisure Centre


3555 Emerald Drive, Sherwood Park, AB T8H 0W6

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One of the newer additions to our Strathcona County community, The Emerald Hills Leisure Centre finished construction in 2016. This modern facility features a 6-lane 25 meter lap pool, 4-lane 25 meter adjustable depth warm pool, a children's teach pool, whirlpool, steam room and universal change facilities.

This facility focuses on aquatics programming with a full complement of swimming lessons and therapeutic fitness. The leisure centre is a collaborative partnership with Elk Island Catholic Schools, and is physically connected to the Archbishop Jordan High School.

NEW: visit the second floor for the Gemstone Gallery, an inclusive place where you can view youth and annual art acquisition artwork.

Hours of operation

Opens as early as 5:30 a.m. and closes as late as 9 p.m. Hours vary at this facility depending on bookings - please reference the online facility schedule before arriving.

If there are no active bookings, our hours of operations are: 

  • Mon - Fri: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Sat: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sun: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Statutory holiday hours

May 20 CLOSED - Victoria Day

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Children under 8 years must be actively supervised from within the water by someone 14 years or older. The supervision rate is one adult to three children. 

Facility Bookings

people playing in the pool with tubes

Have an upcoming event? Book the pool, host a birthday party, and more!

Facility accessibility

The Emerald Hills Leisure Centre was designed from the ground up with accessibility in mind. From your journey from the parking lot to the pool areas, you'll find ramps and lifts that provide easy access for anyone with limited mobility.

It also features a 4-lane, adjustable-depth pool that can be accessed by a lift, and accommodates walking lanes and recreation opportunities like shallow water aqua-fitness. The 6-lane pool and whirlpool also have ramp access.

Accessible features

  • Entrance

    • Exterior ramps
    • Hands free sliding front doors


    • Front desk has a cut-away section for wheel chair access
    • Viewing gallery entrance has a powered entry door

    All Areas

    • All signs have pictorial symbols and braille
    • Blue duress pull stations are throughout the building for anyone needing assistance
    • No doors on the wash rooms or change rooms entrances (individual cubicles have doors of course)


    • All washroom areas have accessible stalls
    • All sink counters allow for wheelchair access

    Specialty Change room

    • Prism C450 Medical Ceiling powered lift with body sling and rail traverse.  This system was specifically requested by Robin Hood.  It allows an aid assisting a guest to safely lift someone from their wheelchair and transport them to any location in the room including the toilet, shower or change bench.  The lift has waterproof pneumatic controls.
    • Change bench (I’m still hoping to change this out with one that is adjustable but we’re not there yet)
    • 3 Water wheelchair options
    • Commode chair provided

    Universal Change room

    • Anyone can use this change room
    • Includes 6 wash rooms, 3 of these are accessible, 1 of these is also an accessible change room with change bench
    • Individual change stalls and 2 change rooms

    Pool Deck

    • 6 Lane pool and whirlpool have ramp access
    • 4 Lane pool has a moveable bottom so accessible access is through the Pool Pod, pool has warmer water for therapeutic purposes
    • Steam room has space for a wheelchair
  • The Pool Pod is a lift that can assist someone with mobility challenges into and out of the pool.  It has been installed on the 4-Lane pool to replace the existing in-pool Spectrum platform lift that is currently out of service.  

    We have two aquatic wheel chairs that fit the Pool Pod depending on the level of support the guests needs. The lift may also be used by someone who is in a standing position.  

    The maximum weight capacity for the Pool Pod is 550lbs.

    Fun Fact - the Pool Pod comes from Scotland.

  • The 4-lane, adjustable-depth pool offers walking lanes and shallow water aqua-fitness. A Pool Pod lift provides easy access to this aquatic amenity for anyone requiring access from a wheelchair, or for safer entry from a standing position.

  • Ramps provide safe access from the parking lot into the facility, as well as entry into the 6-lane pool and whirlpool amenities.

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Last updated: Monday, May 06, 2024
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