Media release: Funding solution for 4 new recreation centres

Post Date: Wednesday, February 08, 2012
family at Village Square Leisure Centre

City Council agrees on funding solution for four new recreation centres

Solution allows for immediate development of Northwest, Great Plains, Quarry Park, and Seton recreation facilities

Today, Calgary City Council approved a new financing strategy that ensures four new recreation facilities in Calgary’s southeast and northwest will be built—without any impact to property taxes. This follows the withdrawal of $100 million by the federal government through PPP Canada.

“I am so happy that we will soon be able to build these critically-needed facilities,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “I also want to thank my Council colleagues and City Administration for this creative solution.”

The recreation centres will be funded through a reallocation of existing money in the Community and Recreation Levy as well as a portion of the City’s GST rebate. No existing funded projects will be affected.

“City Council is committed to building these facilities for Calgarians within the original scope, wherever feasible,” said Alderman Gord Lowe.

Work is underway to determine design details, construction start and completion dates, method of delivery (P3 or traditional), and refined costing for the recreation facilities. Administration will report to Council about its progress in June 2012. Details regarding facility costing cannot be shared at this time due to confidentiality required for the procurement process.

“These new facilities will be amazing—and much-needed—spaces to play, learn, grow and connect for all Calgarians,” said Alderman Shane Keating. “Each facility is a critical component in developing healthy, vibrant and complete communities.”

- Daorcey from Mayor Nenshi's team

(photo above: a family plays in the wave pool at the Village Square Leisure Centre)