What is the benefit of commencing construction during COVID-19?

    Across Canada businesses and governments are encouraged to proceed with projects that provide community benefit but also can help stimulate the economy.  This project is a significant one for the community that has been in the planning stages for many years. Now is the right time to proceed with this project to maximize the opportunity presented with new land and create jobs during challenging economic times.

    How has community input helped shape the new centre?

    Over the past few years, the City has conducted a variety of surveys and engagement activities to ask residents what they would like to see in a future civic centre. 

    Previous significant public consultation opportunities included:

    • Facilities and Amenities Strategic Plan (2012) & Master Recreation Plan (2014): consultations were completed with over 35 recreation and community organizations.
    • Recreation Needs Assessment (2016): targeted telephone survey and interviews with community groups
    • Community Town Hall Meeting (2018): an in-person community discussion about ideas for how to make Chestermere amazing. 
    • User group activities and engagement - phone and hard copy surveys (2019/2020)

    The results of these consultations have been carefully considered in the planning process. More public consultation will be incorporated as the project progresses as well. 

    What will be included in the civic centre?

    Currently, the proposed phase 1 will include a fieldhouse and may include a walking track, multi-purpose space and fitness space. It will be further determined by the Business Plan that is being developed based on the feedback received from the residents, and the availability of funds. Future phases could include a new library, civic space, arenas and a pool.

    For more information, see the Chestermere Civic Centre and Recreation Complex (2019).

    When will you start building the civic centre?

    The final budget and construction schedule will be presented to Council in the coming weeks in the anticipation that construction could begin in 2021 and the first phase could be open as early as 2023. 

    Now that Council has selected a site, it will facilitate the development of important steps such as a business plan, financial plan and project plan. The City has recently hired the Colliers Project Leaders to manage this Project on behalf of the City and we are in process of selecting the prime design consultant. 

    Where will the new civic centre be built?

    It will be located on the originally proposed location in Dawson’s Landing on the dedicated recreation land site adjacent to the proposed new school site.  This was recently decided by Council after a site selection review exercise 2019/2020.

    What will happen to the current rec. centre?

    The current Rec Centre will continue to operate, but the long-term future is unknown, and will be determined by the owners. 

    In 2019, the City, Rocky View County and Rec Centre worked with a consultant to ascertain its long-term viability and it was determined that the building may reach the end of its viable life within the next 10-15 years, at which time a plan will be needed to address the aging infrastructure.  

    The City of Chestermere offered to purchase the property as Council believes that owning the land will help the City facilitate effective long-range planning for recreation amenities. The offer was declined by Rocky View County Council. 

    While the Chestermere Recreation Centre remains an important part of the community’s recreation fabric, more facilities will also be needed to serve new residents as the community grows.

    When is Chestermere getting a pool?

    A pool is being considered as part of the long-term plan for the rec. facility.  As part of the master plan, land is being saved so that a pool can be added to the complex in the future. Pool operating costs are high, and these ongoing municipal expenses will become more affordable once the City’s reaches a higher population build-out.