The Adventure Begins at Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre
February 26, 2011
The City of Edmonton and its partners are celebrating the opening of the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, a community hub where Edmontonians of all ages can connect with friends and neighbours, play, learn and have fun.
“It is great to see residents taking advantage of everything this new recreation centre has to offer,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “Building new recreation centres and enhancing existing ones is an important way we are investing in Edmonton's communities. These facilities encourage physical activity and social interaction, and contribute to a high quality of life for our residents.”
The Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, located at 2051 Leger Rd. in southwest Edmonton, offers a wide range of opportunities for Edmontonians, including an aquatics centre, fitness facility and running track, an arena with four NHL-sized ice surfaces, community and program spaces, a children’s area and four commercial retail stores offering food, clothing and health services. The site of the recreation centre integrates a number of facilities including an Edmonton Public high school, Catholic high school, district park and transit centre.
The Government of Alberta contributed $34 million to the $160 million project—which includes design, construction, roads and landscaping—through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative and $10 million through the Major Community Facilities Program.
“I’m delighted that the residents of southwest Edmonton can now enjoy another great recreation centre,” said Dave Hancock, MLA for Edmonton-Whitemud. “This facility is just one example of the Government of Alberta’s investment in public buildings that make our communities a great place to live and raise a family.”
The Terwillegar Riverbend Advisory Council (TRAC) raised $74,620 towards the five-metre diving tower, with a supporting grant of $70,000 from the provincial government’s Alberta Lotteries Community Facility Enhancement Program.
“This facility is a labour of love for the members of TRAC and the residents of Terwillegar/Riverbend, who have donated thousands of volunteer hours to make this a reality,” said Dr. Rob Agostinis, President of TRAC. “We hope this recreation centre becomes the heart of the community, which is the vision of TRAC.”
The Edmonton Springboard and Platform Diving Club provided $35,000 towards the one- and three-metre diving boards, supported by a matching grant of $35,000 from Alberta Lotteries.
The Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre is the first of four new recreation centres the City of Edmonton is building over the coming years. Construction is underway on Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre with facilities in the Meadows and Claireview areas to follow.
Construction of the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre began in the summer of 2008. The arenas opened for use on January 2, 2011, with the remainder of the recreation centre opening on January 29. In keeping with the City’s environmental goals, the city will apply to have this facility LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) Silver-certified. This designation means the building meets a set of stringent standards for minimizing its impact on the environment.
Information on the facility’s schedule and programming is available online or by calling 311. The centre is open daily from 5:30am to 11pm.