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John Fry sport park building

The City of Edmonton is updating the John Fry Sport Park Master Plan. The update will assess how current program needs are being achieved, explore potential future partnerships for the site, and identify opportunities for existing underutilized land in and around the park.

Partner Interest Exploration (PIE)

From November 8 to December 9, 2016, interested organizations were invited to submit a Partner Interest Exploration (PIE) for potential partnership opportunities related to the John Fry Sports Park Master Plan.

The City thanks all groups and organizations for their submissions. These submissions are now under review as the project team assesses how the ideas presented may complement different options being explored.

The project team compiled a list of common questions that we've received about the Partner Interest Exploration (PIE):

Are we able to submit a previously created proposal for consideration in the PIE process?

All submissions to the PIE must follow the format and response guidelines laid out in the PIE document. Submissions that do not follow the process will not be communicated to City Council.

If our organization has an idea that might work for either John Fry Park or the Coliseum, do you suggest that we respond to both PIEs?

Yes, if your idea could work for either site we strongly suggest responding to both the John Fry Park as well as the Coliseum PIE documents. Please contact the Partnership Centre if you would like a copy of either PIE or response form.

Can you confirm on a map what land is spoken for? What land is available for development/partnership?

The circle on the map on page 11 of the PIE document indicates the area being considered in the PIE process. Partners are encouraged to complete the information package based on the needs of the desired program. Space requirements and land configuration will be considered and evaluated throughout the master plan process.

In assessing potential land use and best fit in each proposed idea received in this exploration, the team will assess interest from responses based on the criteria listed on Page 4 of the PIE document.

Could you provide more details on what is meant by the operating partner idea ​(Question 10​ in the PIE)​?

 An operating partner would seek to operate all or a portion of the available space. An operating partner would also have funding available to help build and run their space. ​ ​
This is different from a capital partner who is looking to fund but not run a space, or a programming partner who would look to rent out a portion of the already built space to run their programs.

Do we need ​to ​calculate all needed space exactly (Question 18​ ​in the PIE),​ or can we submit it at a later time?

Our preference would be for respondents to give us their best estimate of the space they require to bring their idea to fruition. These need not be set in stone, neither are you committing to anything as this PIE process is meant to generate and gather ideas. No Request for Proposals (RFPs) will be awarded from this process.

In regards to ​(Question 2​ in the PIE)​, what does "providing direct community programs and services" mean?

Direct Programs and Services for your organization would be programs such as: junior/ senior leagues, tournaments, training camps, coaching and official training and development opportunities, special events, drop in programs, and so on.

Should we fill this out from the perspective of just our local Edmonton Associations rather than ​an ​organization as a whole, including our work all across Canada? To be clear, it is the association as a whole who is looking for the partnership?

It is important to fill in the form to represent the organization as a whole.  Your idea may highlight the good that you feel it will do in the Edmonton area but your organization's background experience could be further reaching.

Many of the teams we currently work with are outside of Edmonton. Will ​that affect ou​r​ ability to get a rental agreement?

The purpose of the Partnership Interest Exploration process is to only gather ideas from sports organizations. This is not a process to award a rental agreement. Your response should describe to the best of your ability the programs that your organization does and/or could offer to Edmontonians and also your ideas about retrofitting the space.

Project Timeline

Project Lifecycle Concept

April - May 2017: Draft Master Plan Report

April 2017: Concept development

January - March 2017: Stakeholder consultation

November - December 2016: Identification of interested partnership groups through PIE

August 2016: Council approval to initiate project

Project Overview

At the time the 2008 John Fry Sport Park Master Plan was approved, the Go Community Centre was intended to locate on this site, and the large Transportation holding to the south of the park was identified for a future transit maintenance yard. Since this plan was approved, the Go Centre was relocated and developed on the University of Alberta South Campus, and the transit maintenance yard site was deemed surplus by the Transportation Department.

The City is now updating the John Fry Sport Park Master Plan to reflect development completed on this site and changes that have occurred since 2008. The Master Plan update will also explore the use of Transportation’s holding to potentially be developed for park space to meet the program needs and requirements of existing and potential partner groups. As part of the master plan process for John Fry Sport Park, the City of Edmonton will be exploring existing and potential partner groups to identify land requirements and develop an updated concept plan and master plan for this park site.

For More Information

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