Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility construction moves indoors

From the outside, the beautiful new Rocky Ridge Recreation facility may look complete. Inside its sculptured walls, however, construction is as busy as it ever was. Within the building contractors are finishing tile, installing machinery, and painting in advance of completion in December of 2017. The new facility will open to the public in Q1 2018.

When complete, The 284,000 square foot facility will provide individuals, families and teams from Calgary’s northwest with a unique indoor and outdoor recreation experience. The multisport fitness and recreational facility will include competition and wave pools, a waterslide, competition and leisure skating ice, 3 full gymnasiums, a fitness centre, 160m running track, library, art making and display spaces, a 250-seat theatre, skateboard park, and much more.

The new facility sits within over 75,000 square feet of natural park at Calgary’s highest natural elevation. It boasts 60,628 square feet of reconstructed wetland, complete with 4 kilometres of pathways and trails making it a destination for those seeking outdoor activity. The building itself was designed to add to the natural beauty of the surrounding foothills; the shiny exterior will develop a darker finish over time, helping the building blend into the surrounding landscape.

The City oversaw the planning, design and construction of the facility – the third of four facilities in communities across Calgary including Quarry Park, Great Plains, and Seton – representing a total investment of $480 million. A portion of the cost was contributed by the Government of Alberta as part of the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI). The Seton facility is scheduled to be completed in late 2018 and open to the public in Q1 2019. Both projects are currently on-time and on-budget.

The facility will be managed by the Calgary YMCA, who won a competitive bid to operate and maintain the space. This innovative model ensures the sustainability of the facility without the need for additional tax dollars to fund staffing, maintenance or other operational costs.

Prior to the construction of the Rocky Ridge facility, there were few recreational amenities in the area. The new facility provides a much-needed community gathering space in the northwest, and was designed with input from local community associations, aboriginal groups and residents through a thoughtful engagement process.

For more information and a full amenity list, please visit calgary.ca/recreationprojects.

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1 comment:

  1. Very cool building. I'm excited to visit when its finally complete!

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