The new Genesis Centre of Community Wellness officially opened to the public today. Built in northeast Calgary, the multipurpose recreation facility includes two indoor sport fields, two gymnasiums, a 25-metre swimming pool, climbing wall, indoor running track, human services area and library that hosts more than 50,000 books and learning resources for children. Three outdoor soccer fields will be added later this year.
“Recreation facilities are key components of great communities,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “The Genesis Centre is a shining example of how partnerships like this make it possible to realize our collective vision for a healthy vibrant city. Together, we accomplish more. “
The North East Centre of Community Society (NECCS), YMCA Calgary, Calgary Public Library and The City of Calgary are the founding partners and worked with a wide range of other local sport, recreation, cultural, social and community organizations.
“This project shows the power of a dream - how a clearly articulated community vision and a compelling story can attract support and funding and create something unique, special and so necessary to the well-being of a community," says Carole Steiner NECCS Community Chair.
The project was financially supported from the local community, public and private sectors, and all three levels of government. Total cost of the project was $120 million:
- The City of Calgary contributed $70 million and 24.6 acres of land.
- The Government of Canada has contributed $15 million
- The Government of Alberta contributed $10 million
- NECCS has raised $12.5 million
- YMCA Calgary raised $12.5 million
For further information see www.mygenesiscentre.com
Built in the northeast quadrant of Calgary, the new Genesis Centre provides a community “gathering place” of sport, recreation, education, social and cultural activities.