Calgary, AB,

New Rocky Ridge recreation facility celebrates the start of construction

Over the past few months, construction crews have been busy preparing the site of the new Rocky Ridge recreation facility for the start of construction on the actual building. 

To commemorate the start of construction, Mayor Naheed Nenshi joined special guests on site to see the work that has happened and celebrate this milestone.

“Recreation facilities are true community centres that provide opportunity for every Calgarian,” said Mayor Nenshi. “The Rocky Ridge recreation facility is an example of the promise of Calgary where every citizen can live a great active and creative life. This place is much-needed and will serve many thousands of Calgarians for many years to come.”

The approximately 285,000 square foot facility located in northwest Calgary will include amenities such as two ice rinks, sport and leisure pools, a gymnasium and fitness centre, an art-making studio and gallery space, daycare and child-minding and a open-concept library. When it opens in 2017, the City-built, City-owned facility will be operated by YMCA Calgary through a partnership model.

The cost of the Rocky Ridge recreation facility is $191 million. This includes $121 million from The City of Calgary’s Community Investment Fund and $70 million from the Government of Alberta’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI).

The new Rocky Ridge facility is one of four new recreation facilities in development by The City of Calgary to meet our growing city’s need for convenient access to recreation opportunities and support the important role recreation plays in building complete communities. Each facility is being designed to meet the specific needs of each community, with the vision and proposed amenities determined through extensive engagement with Calgarians, community leaders and numerous sport and cultural advisory groups.