Dynamic Community Hub Growing in the Meadow
September 28, 2011
Construction begins on Meadows Recreation Centre, Library and Park
A new community hub is rising from a field in southeast Edmonton as construction begins on a new City of Edmonton recreation centre, public library and district park.
Surrounded by park space, The Meadows Community Recreation Centre and The Meadows Library will be located under one roof at 17 Street and 23 Avenue in the Silver Berry neighbourhood. The $119 million project is an example of how the City is working with its partners to create community gathering spaces where people can learn, be active and connect with others.
“It is very exciting to see the beginning of these innovative new facilities,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “Recreation centres, libraries and parks are the community hubs where people come together to enrich their lives, minds and bodies, so building these facilities is really paramount to creating the more vibrant and inclusive city we see for Edmonton’s future.”
The Government of Alberta is contributing $5.7 million from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) towards the district park portion of the project.
“We are proud to support the City of Edmonton in building this park which will help make the city’s southeast an even better place to live and raise families,” said Hector Goudreau, Minister of Municipal Affairs.
“This is truly an exciting time for The Edmonton Public Library and for residents of southeast Edmonton,” said Brent McDonough Chair, Edmonton Public Library Board of Trustees. “The new 15,000 square foot Meadows Library will help meet the huge increase in demand for library services that we’ve seen, particularly in this part of the city. What a great way to do it – by combining leisure and literature!”
Once it opens to the public in 2014, the Meadows will include:
- Edmonton Public Library branch
- A recreation centre with:
- Aquatics centre
- Fitness centre
- Arena with two NHL-size rinks
- Multipurpose rooms
- District park with sportsfields
Roads and other infrastructure to service the area is also proceeding as part of the project.
The City is seeking to earn the Leadership in Energy and Environment (LEED) Silver certification for the building. The facility will incorporate sustainable features such as green roofs, efficient mechanical systems, reduced water consumption and efficient lighting systems.
The Meadows is one of four new recreation centres designed to serve as focal points in communities. Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre in southwest Edmonton opened in January 2011 while Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre near downtown is scheduled to open in 2012. Construction will soon begin on the Clareview Community Recreation Centre and Clareview Library in northeast Edmonton with opening planned for 2014.
More information on The Meadows Community Recreation Centre, The Meadows Library and District Park is available online.