Council approves new sports and recreation facility in Spruce Grove

Council approves new sports and recreation facility in Spruce Grove

Will include a sports museum, multi-purpose space, non-profit office and program space, and provide a home for the Aerials Gymnastics

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City Council has approved a new sports and recreation facility in Spruce Grove that will include a sports museum, multi-purpose flex space, non-profit office and program space, and provide a home for the Aerials Gymnastics.

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Rendering of the proposed sports and recreation facility interior.
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Council approved the facility during a June 17 council meeting, following a public communications process that involved two open houses to share information about the proposed facility with residents.

The next step will be for City administration to secure a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Aerials, who will be the facility’s primary tenant. Design and construction work will follow once the MOU has been approved.

The new facility will be located adjacent to Fuhr Sports Park and south of the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre and will serve a variety of purposes including: 

  • Space for the Aerials Gymnastics External
  • A foyer and reception area, including an art display and sports museum
  • Multi-purpose flex space suitable for uses such as combative sports programs, yoga or pilates
  • Shared community and non-profit group office and program space
  • Community storage space
  • Office space for City Recreation department staff
  • A non-commercial kitchen and spectator viewing area

In addition to meeting immediate needs, the facility also has expansion space for future growth.

The cost to build the facility is $10.4 million and will be covered through land sales, grants and surplus funding. No tax support is required to build the facility, which will be wholly owned and operated by the City, with the Aerials leasing the gymnastics space and all other community groups having the opportunity to utilize the facility's space and resources.

The facility will also help create a sports and recreation hub in Spruce Grove with its proximity to Fuhr Sports Park and the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, and complement the many great services and programs currently being offered in the area.

The approved plan PDF for the facility is significantly different from the original concept that was presented to council. To add more value, the plan was updated to incorporate additional features and functionality into the facility, making it a multi-use space that will meet more of the community's needs.

These revisions also ensured the plan met more of the priorities that were identified in the City's 2009 Recreation and Culture Indoor Facility Strategy and aligns with the City's Municipal Development Plan and Leisure Services Master Plan PDF