Thursday, June 21, 2012

June 2012 Update. New Calgary Recreation Centres Set to Move Forward!


NEW CALGARY REC CENTRES SET TO MOVE FORWARD!
On June 19, 2012 the Standing Policy Committee of Priorities and Finance unanimously approved the functional program and financing for four new recreation facilities for Calgary. The next step is Council approval. This report is scheduled to come before Council on June 25, 2012. Once Council has approved the recommendations, and the borrowing by-law has passed, The City will be ready to move into detailed design, construction and operator procurement.
It is exciting to see this project moving forward so Calgarians can benefit from these new and badly needed spaces to play, learn, grow, connect and create.
The Functional Program and Concept Design Report is now posted on Calgary.ca. As always project information and update can be found at www.calgary.ca/newreccentres.

Watch for regular updates on this site! 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

City of Calgary Finds Funding Solution For 4 Recreation Facilities


Here is a copy of Mayor Nenshi's press release from earlier this week, with respect to the finding announcement for 4 new recreation facilities in Calgary.

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.”
The original can be seen on the Mayor's blog at http://blog.calgarymayor.ca/2012/02/media-release-funding-solution-for-4.html

Saturday, October 29, 2011

November 2011 Update




  This past September, community members in northwest and southeast Calgary were asked for their feedback on the amenities that are being recommended for four new recreation facilities coming to Calgary. One will be built in the far northwest and three in the southeast.

The Northwest facility and the Seton facility in the southeast will be the two larger regional recreation centres. Both will include competition and play water, ice surfaces, indoor fields, racket courts, fitness centres, libraries with theatre space, multi-purpose space, outdoor courts, skateboard parks, as well as opportunities for day care, food services, artist studios, and physio/medical clinics. The northwest would also include two outdoor artificial turf fields subject to site capacity.

Of the two smaller facilities in the southeast, Great Plains is envisioned as a team-based sports facility focusing on ice hockey, ringette, lacrosse and ball hockey. Amenities will include hockey rinks, dry pads, fitness centre and multi-purpose space.

The Quarry Park site will be a community recreation facility serving the local area residents and employees in adjacent business parks. There will swimming, a full court gym, a fitness centre, multi-purpose space, library, child minding and food services.

Feedback was collected from citizen in September both through an online form and two public open houses. The response both online and in-person was good. The vast majority of input from members of the public was positive and supportive of recommended facility components and program elements - At least three quarters of participants who provided feedback about the northwest (78%) and southeast (76%) facilities agreed that the facility components and program elements would meet the recreation and leisure needs of the community. For a more detailed breakdown of recommendations and the results of community feedback visit
Calgary.ca/newreccentres.

 

About South East Calgary Recreation Society (SECRS)


SECRS (pronounced " seekers ") is a volunteer organization made up of dedicated residents of SE Calgary and its communities.
  • SECRS has been formed to play the role of the Community Advisory Group (CAG), and is the official group recognized by the City of Calgary to play this role.

  • SECRS is dedicated to working collaboratively with the City of Calgary.

  • SECRS will act in an advisory capacity through the recreation facility development process to meet the cultural, recreational and sport needs of the residents of SE Calgary.

  • SECRS will be inclusive of organizations representing recreation, sport and cultural interest, including but not limited to communities, the Calgary Sport Council (CSC), and the Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA).

  • SECRS will assist with community engagement and communication. 


      Please refer to the SECRS Site for additional. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us, and we would be more than happy to provide feedback.

      For further information please contact:

      South East Calgary Recreation Society (SECRS)

      E-mail:
      secrs1@gmail.com



      Related Web Sites:

      Website:
      http://www.secrsinfo.com

      Twitter: http://twitter.com/secrs

      Monday, August 15, 2011

      September 2011 Update: Community Input On New Recreation Facilities

      Community Input on New Recreation Facilities


      Plans for the development of four new recreation facilities in Calgary continue to take shape. Each site will have amenities designed to meet the specific needs of their area. Citizen engagement is a critical part of this process and your input, into what should be included in these facilities, is being sought.
      Community engagement sessions are being held in both the northwest and the southeast. Please attend and provide your thoughts.

      Southeast Session:

      Tuesday, September 13 @ 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Deerfoot Inn (1000 11500 - 35 Street S.E.)


      Northwest Session:

      Thursday, September 15 @ 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Silver Springs Community Centre (5720 Silver Ridge Drive N.W.)

      Also a feedback form has been posted online at www.calgary.ca/newreccentres  This form will be available online from September 2 – 16. Please visit the site and provide your thoughts.
      Amenities being considered for the northwest site include: lap and play pools, indoor ice, gymnasia, multi-purpose space, indoor tracks, art centre, fitness area and library.
      For the regional facility being planned for Seton possible amenities include: lap pool and play pool, indoor ice, library, gymnasia, multi-purpose space, indoor track, arts centre and fitness area.
      The Great Plans centre could include: multi-pad indoor arenas, fitness area, and multi-purpose rooms.

      The Quarry Park centre could include: gymnasia, multi-purpose room, and fitness area.

      These information sessions are open to everyone to attend!  We hope to see you there!



      For further information please contact:


      South East Calgary Recreation Society (SECRS)

      E-mail: secrs1@gmail.com

      Twitter: http://twitter.com/secrs





      Thursday, April 7, 2011

      SECRS Community Update April/May 2011

       RECREATION FACILITY DEVELOPMENT


      Update- APRIL/MAY 2011

      Pieces are falling into place for the development of four new recreation centres in Calgary. The focus currently is getting the funding lined up for these four facilities to be developed as a bundle. The projected cost for all four facilities (one in the northwest and three in the southeast) is estimated at $400 million.
      The City of Calgary currently has $150 million in funding ear-marked for these projects. The City, with the help of the South East Calgary Recreation Society (SECRS) and the NW Community Advisory Group, has been conducting an analysis to determine the best way to cover the remaining costs. The goal is to get these facilities built as soon as possible, while remaining financially responsible to the citizens of Calgary.
      In March, Council agreed to direct $42 million annually to community infrastructure. The recreation facilities are on The City’s infrastructure investment priority list. How this money will be allocated will be discussed at a committee of Council in June with recommendations going to Council in July.

      There are some exciting possibilities for the project. The City of Calgary is exploring using a private-public partnership (P3) model to get the bundle of four recreation centres built. Analysis is being conducted that anticipates securing a private partner that is responsible for the construction of the facilities, building operations, maintenance and lifecycle. A programmer(s), profit or not-for-profit, would take responsibility for recreation programming which includes recreation, sport and cultural programs and services.

      The full financing strategy and partner model will be presented to a committee of Council in June.
      About South East Calgary Recreation Society (SECRS)

      • SECRS (pronounced “ seekers “) is a volunteer organization made up of dedicated residents of SE Calgary and its communities.
      • SECRS has been formed to play the role of the Community Advisory Group (CAG), and is the official group recognized by the City of Calgary to play this role.

      • SECRS is dedicated to working collaboratively with the City of Calgary.
      • SECRS will act in an advisory capacity through the recreation facility development process to meet the cultural, recreational and sport needs of the residents of SE Calgary.

      • SECRS will be inclusive of organizations representing recreation, sport and cultural interest, including but not limited to communities, the Calgary Sport Council (CSC), and the Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA).

      • SECRS will assist with community engagement and communication.
      Please refer to the SECRS Site for additional. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us, and we would be more than happy to provide feedback.

      For further information please contact:
      South East Calgary Recreation Society (SECRS)

      E-mail: secrs1@gmail.com
      Related Web Sites:
      Website: http://www.secrsinfo.com

      Twitter: http://twitter.com/secrs

      Thursday, March 24, 2011

      SECRS Update: SE Calgary Regional Recreation Centre: Facility Amenities and Site Analysis



        We are pleased to attach a copy of the City of Calgary's SE Calgary Regional Recreation Centre: Facility Amenities and Site Analysis presentation document for anyone that would like to review it.  This report was from 2009 but includes a wealth of information for the public.

      We invite everyone to read the document, which is attached by clicking the link here.

      Please feel free to email us if you have any questions.

      Monday, March 14, 2011

      SECRS Calgary Recreation Facilities Update March 2011

      March 2011


      P3 possibility to get Calgary New Recreation Centres


      A P3 model sees partners constructing and operating the facilities. The great benefit is the possibility of getting construction started sooner, but a detailed analysis is taking place to ensure this direction makes financial sense, in the long-run, for the citizens of Calgary. Administration will report back to Council in June with the results of their analysis in order for Council to decide if, in fact, a P3 model is the best way to go for these projects.

      Each site would have amenities designed to meet the specific needs of their area based on research, market analysis and citizen engagement.

      Amenities being considered for the northwest site include: 25 or 50 meter lap and play pools, indoor Ice gymnasia, multi-purpose space, indoor tracks, outdoor fields/diamonds, outdoor tracks, outdoor rinks art center, fitness area and library.

      For the larger regional facility being planned for Seton possible amenities include: 25 or 50 meter lap pool and play pool, indoor ice, library gymnasia, multi-purpose space, indoor track, outdoor fields/diamonds, outdoor tracks, outdoor rinks, racquet facilities, arts centre and fitness area.

      The Great Plans centre could include: multi-pad indoor/outdoor arenas, gymnasia, a fitness centre, and multi-purpose rooms.

      The Quarry Park centre could include: a 25 or 50 meter lap pool, gymnasia, multi-purpose room, fitness area and an indoor running track.

      The projected cost for all four facilities is $400 million. The City of Calgary currently has $150 million in funding allocated to these projects. The remaining cost would be sought through a private partner and fund raising initiatives.


      About South East Calgary Recreation Society (SECRS)

      • SECRS (pronounced “ seekers “) is a volunteer organization made up of dedicated residents of SE Calgary.
      • SECRS has been formed to play the role of the Community Advisory Group (CAG).
      • SECRS is dedicated to working collaboratively with the City.
      • SECRS will act in an advisory capacity through the recreation facility development process to meet the cultural, recreational and sport needs of the southeast residents.
      • SECRS will be inclusive of organizations representing recreation, sport and cultural interest, including but not limited to communities, the Calgary Sport Council (CSC), and the Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA).
      • SECRS will assist with community engagement and communication.



      For further information please contact:

      South East Calgary Recreation Society (SECRS)

      E-mail: secrs1@gmail.com


      Related Web Sites:
      WebSite: http://www.secrsinfo.com

      Twitter: http://twitter.com/secrs