The Calgary City Council approved $154 million investment to support six capital recreation projects in four quadrants of the city. (Photo – The City of Calgary)
According to a statement released by the City of Calgary “On June 21, Council approved $154 million to support the development of six capital projects that will increase recreation opportunities in under-served areas of Calgary, allowing more Calgarians to be more active, more often.”
The statement further added that earlier this year, Council directed Administration to develop a capital investment strategy to address gaps in play and practice spaces in new and established areas of Calgary.
This included addressing aging recreation infrastructure, service needs, and equitable distribution of in-demand amenities throughout Calgary, the statement said, adding that the City Council approved six proposed priority projects addressing community needs, accessibility and readiness.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said “I’m so pleased Council came together to make this generational investment that will address recreation gaps across our city. This will have a lasting impact, opening up new and much-needed sports and play opportunities for children and adults in our community.”
The projects and budget allocations include $32 million for Northeast regional fieldhouse at Skyview Ranch, $25 million for Northeast athletic park at Saddle Ridge, $14 million for Northwest athletic park at Rocky Ridge, $6 million for Southeast air-inflated structure (dome) at the Calgary Soccer Centre, $32 million for Southwest regional fieldhouse at Belmont, and $45 million for Southwest twin arena redevelopment at Glenmore Athletic Park.
These projects will address growth and service needs throughout the city using funding from Offsite Levies and the Community Investment Reserve. Council also recently approved investments in downtown Calgary, including $45 million to the Repsol Centre for community aquatic amenities and $200 million for Calgary’s Greater Downtown Plan, the City of Calgary said.
The six new projects will include public engagement during the master planning stages of each site. They are slated to be completed over the next several years, with the last project to open in 2027.