Civic Centre Project
August 2021 Update:
At the direction of City Council in April 2021, the City of Spruce Grove has been working on a preliminary design of the proposed Civic Centre. The preliminary design will help identify the project’s final size, cost estimates, amenities, and location. This will provide Council with a detailed concept for the project that will inform the decision on moving forward with development.
To help guide this preliminary work, the City has selected GEC Architecture as the lead architect for the project. GEC possesses a wealth of experience with similar facilities across the province, such as Red Deer’s Servus Arena, the Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre Redevelopment in Edmonton, and the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge and WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.
In coordination with the architectural work, the City has been working closely with many stakeholder groups to design a space that will maximize benefits for all stakeholder groups and the community members who will enjoy it. Discussions have been held with the Spruce Grove Saints, Spruce Grove Public Library, the Allied Arts Council, minor sports associations, and many others to identify needs in our community and the broader tri-municipal area, including sports, recreation, arts, and culture.
Based on these collaborative conversations, this investment in our region will bring a number of amenities together in one facility, including two ice rinks, a walking track, an art gallery, a black box theatre, and a branch of the Spruce Grove Public Library.
The location of the proposed Civic Centre is yet to be determined, and negotiations surrounding land acquisition are ongoing. Once the preliminary work has been completed, Spruce Grove City Council will make the final decision on the Civic Centre later this year.
April 2021 Update:
At the April 26, 2021, Spruce Grove Regular City Council meeting, Council approved a recommendation to move forward with the preliminary design of a Civic Centre based on the concept in the report and presentation. The entire Council meeting is available online.
The proposed Civic Centre design would address a number of identified needs in the community, including ice surfaces and other arts and culture investments. The proposed facility includes:
- A spectator ice rink with seating capacity of approximately 1,700 seats
- A second community ice rink (both NHL sized)
- A community walking track/concourse
- Multi-purpose rooms
- An art gallery
- A black box performing arts theatre/flex space
- A Spruce Grove Public Library branch
The preliminary design work will help identify the project’s final size, cost estimates, amenities, and location. This will provide Council with a detailed concept for the project that will inform the decision moving on forward. The cost of the preliminary design work and required lands are already included within the City’s approved 2021 budgets. A significant portion of the construction cost is expected to be funded by the Province’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative and options to minimize the financial impact to the community will be explored.
As our community grows, the need for investment in recreation, arts, and culture has grown. The City is taking a practical and pragmatic approach to this proposed development to ensure the impacts and benefits of such an investment would be maximized for the community. The last time a significant investment was made in indoor ice recreation in our region was 20 years ago with the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre. In that time, the region has grown by approximately 40 per cent. Since then, other recreation needs have been met by investments in the Border Paving Athletic Centre and Fuhr Sports Park, among others.
It is a common practice among municipalities to invest in land for future development. If this specific project does not proceed, the City will hold this land for future investment and growth.
The cost of the preliminary design work and required lands are already included within the City’s approved 2021 budgets. A significant portion of the construction cost is expected to be funded by the Province’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative and options to minimize the financial impact to the community will be explored.
The recommendation to include a black box performing arts theatre/flex space within the Civic Centre was made independently of the current situation with Horizon Stage. The Parkland School Division is currently planning options for the future of Spruce Grove Composite High School, which includes Horizon Stage, and the City is committed to having conversations with them throughout the process. Whenever their decision is made, the potential effects will likely not be seen until years after the proposed Civic Centre is built. The City is committed to maintaining a high quality arts and culture environment within our community, and that is why we are focusing on these investments within the proposed Civic Centre development.
More information will be shared with the community as it becomes available.