Friday, October 20, 2017

Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility construction reaches key milestones

On October 20, the new Rocky Ridge recreation centre reached a key milestone and was handed over to the Calgary YMCA. The new facility, Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, officially opens to users on Jan. 15, 2018.

The coming months will see the facility’s new operator, YMCA Calgary, move into the space and furnish it with all the amenities it will need to open to the public. YMCA Calgary won a competitive bid to operate and maintain the space. Providing services in a City-owned facility ensures the sustainability of the facility without the direct need for additional tax dollars.

The project recently reached Substantial Completion, meaning that the facility is ready to be occupied apart from any last fixes and finishes required to ensure that the facility functions as expected. A few final pieces of the construction, such as the outdoor skatepark and finishing the park spaces, will be completed over the course of the summer of 2018.

The new facility brings much-needed recreational opportunities and public space to Calgary’s northwest. Situated in a natural park and reconstructed wetland, the 284,000-square foot building will provide individuals, families and teams access to indoor pools and a waterpark, an ice skating surface and an NHL-sized hockey rink, a fitness centre, 3 full gymnasiums, 160-metre running track, library, art making and display spaces, a 250-seat theatre, childcare and much more. The award-winning design was created with input from local community associations, aboriginal groups and residents through a thoughtful engagement process.

The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is the third of four facilities to be completed in communities across Calgary – 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 Remington YMCA and Great Plains Recreation facility opened in 2016. The Seton facility is scheduled to be completed in late 2018 and open to the public in Q1 2019.

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