St. Albert Sport Families - Survey Results

The results of a recent survey will be posted on our website in the upcoming days.  We received detailed responses from over 150 families and thank those who participated.

Sport, Wellness & Community Campus - Design Drawings

Over the course of the past several months we have created and refined detailed drawings of the facility with the assistance of a professional architecture firm.  Current design includes:

  • Multiple indoor ice arenas
  • Several gymnasiums
  • Office and Meeting Space for Community & Non-Profit groups
  • Fitness Centre
  • Day Care

We will continue to obtain input from the public and user groups to ensure that this is the most well designed facility in the Province.  Depending on location of the facility and needs of the community we will consider adding a swimming pool. Please feel free to email any input on the facility deign to

These diagrams are subject to change

630 Ched Radio Interview with Active Communities Alberta President

On September 10, Reid Wilkins interviewed Matt Bachewich for an update on the project in advance of Active Communities Alberta's presentation to an Edmonton City Council Committee:

Sport and Wellness Campus Presentation to St. Albert City Council

On May 22, 2018 Active Communities Alberta presented to St. Albert City Council for the second time.  The presentation was only 5 minutes but City Council's interest in learning more about the project extended the discussion to nearly 30 minutes.  Thank you again to St. Albert City Council for the opportunity to present.

Edmonton Journal Article on NW Sports & Wellness Campus

Article written by David Staples that highlights the need for the campus we are planning and the vision of the facility.

There is sufficient land at the proposed site for our Sport & Wellness Campus, a full-sized indoor soccer facility and future expansion.

How safe are our old arenas?  We have documented Alberta arena roof collapses in Calgary, Sylvan Lake, Three Hills, Drayton Valley and Fort Chipewyan.   Postmedia has prepared a video here:

There is definitely a need for new arenas.  In this CBC article, the City of Edmonton states that, even if  6-arena Northlands Coliseum deal had gone through, there would still have been a need for more arenas:

Interview on the Jason Gregor Show (TSN 1260)

Discussion of aging arenas in Edmonton and Active Communities Alberta's planned Sport & Wellness Campus.

City of Edmonton Arena Strategy (as approved by City Council) has identified 6 arenas for closure. The report recommended closure by 2019, however the timeline has not yet been determined. Active Communities is raising awareness of this issue. We are encouraging proactive planning for eventual replacement of aging arenas and the addition of new arenas to meet population growth.

City of Edmonton Arenas - Year of Opening

630 Ched Radio Interview with Active Communities Alberta President

On March 2, Reid Wilkins interviewed Matt Bachewich regarding the aging state of recreation infrastructure in the province and ACA's plans to help address this issue:

City of Edmonton Plans to close 6 indoor ice arenas

According to the Edmonton Arena Strategy, Westwood, Oliver, Crestwood, Coronation, Tipton and Southside Areans will be closed by 2019.  However, the City of Edmonton has also communicated that these facilities will remain open for the foreseeable future, so the closure timeline is uncertain.

The Sport & Wellness Campus we are planning would feature 4 indoor ice arenas and help fill the void created by the eventual closure of these arenas and would also address pressures from population growth.

Page 58 of the 10 Year Edmonton Arena Strategy summarizes the arenas planned for closure.

Here is an Edmonton Journal article about growth in arena demand and the pending closures.

St. Albert City Council Approves Letter of Support

On November 6, St. Albert City Council approved a motion for a letter of support to be issued to Active Communities Alberta.  This is another step towards our non-profit organization obtaining funding from other levels of government for the Sports & Wellness Campus project.  For details, please see page 4 of the following link:

Updated vision for the Sport & Wellness Campus

Our initial plan was for 2 indoor ice surfaces as part of the facility.  During the Town Hall Event, a member of the public asked "if you're going to build 2 arenas, why not build 4?  There are great cost savings through economies of scale."

Our Board discussed this (and other feedback) and evaluated the regional need for more arenas.  At the time, there had been hope that the Edmonton Coliseum would become a 6 sheet arena facility.  This would have helped address the shortage of ice facilities in Edmonton.  However, the Coliseum is now closed and likely set for demolition.

Edmonton's need for new arenas still exists.  With the 6 sheet Coliseum idea ceasing, we see an opportunity to expand the scope of our facility and help meet Edmonton's arena needs.  Our Board has approved a resolution to double the scope of the facility (to 4 ice arenas and 2 large gymnasiums) and position our Sports & Wellness Campus as a "Regional Facility" which will help meet the needs of Edmonton, St. Albert and surrounding communities.

The S&W Campus will continue to include multi-use gymnasiums, several meeting rooms available to non-profit/community groups free of charge, a fitness centre, running track and daycare facilities among many other amenities.

Town Hall Event a Success

Thank you to all who attended the Town Hall meeting on October 5.  There was a great turnout and valuable insight from citizens and user groups.  The Global Edmonton News coverage of this event is nearing 11,000 views:

Global TV Coverage

Multi-Use Facility Presentation to St. Albert City Council

Thank you St. Albert City Council for the opportunity to present our multi-use facility project. The facility would provide space for many sports and community groups. It would include twin arenas, a gymnasium and many other amenities.  Please see the video below and our "resources" page for additional details.

Active Communities Alberta

Active Communities Alberta is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to promote active living and healthy communities in Alberta.  We are committed to providing recreation facilities and programming for a variety of sports and community activities.

Active Communities Alberta is led by a volunteer Board of Directors who offer a wealth of experience in youth sports delivery and community building.  Our Directors have extensive volunteer experience, including leadership positions with several local youth sports organizations, the Boys and Girls Club, the Rotary Club and other community minded organizations.

It is the mission of Active Communities Alberta to increase participation in recreation and leisure activities by those of all ages.  We accomplish this by increasing the supply of recreation facilities and operating these in a manner that enables participation by removing financial and other barriers.  In doing so, Active Communities Alberta also commits to reducing the financial burden placed on municipalities by absorbing operating costs that would normally be fully borne by taxpayers.  We have also dedicated ourselves to being strong environmental stewards by utilizing the latest in green technology in the facilities we build and operate.

Active Communities Alberta is committed to a win for all stakeholders, from those that are looking for additional recreation facilities and programming, to those that expect less reliance on taxpayer dollars to fund them, to those that support a proactive approach to encouraging a healthier and more active society.



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