Project Update - June 2022
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Rollie Miles Athletic Field Park is part of the District Activity Park Renewal Program.
Public and stakeholder engagement on thehas concluded.
The 13.09 hectare Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park, located in the Queen Alexandra neighbourhood, supports a number of community amenities and facilities including Strathcona High School, Queen Alexandra Community League; Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues office; Strathcona Pool, George S. Hughes Arena, as well as tennis courts, a 400m synthetic running track and several sports fields. Aging infrastructure and growing community demand have created the need for a park renewal project.
The Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park Enhancement project will progress the design of open space priorities through refinement of thecreated in 2018.
In this current phase of the project, the City is advancing the open space elements while coordinating with the Recreation Centre which is also progressing through planning and design.
Stakeholder engagement to review information to date and preferred master plan option. Information is refined and a final master plan is prepared.
Exploring Options and Setting Direction
The functional program will include the prioritized activities and services that could be included in a new Community Recreation Centre in Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park.
Reengage stakeholder committees to prepare for public engagement around development of a detailed program (functional program) for a Community Recreation Centre.
The draft Master Plan was shared at the Community and Public Services Committee September 12, 2016. As a result, City Council passed the following motion on September 21, 2016:
Reestablishing the Community Advisory Committee that supported the Public Involvement Plan and engagement activities in the first phases of the master plan project.
Concept option development
Data analysis, concept plan development, assessment of internal opportunities and constraints.
Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park was identified as a priority for park renewal in the 2015-2018 Capital Budget. The District Park renewal program is a long-term strategic approach to renew district parks in mature neighbourhoods and is focused on improving various park elements as part of an overall master plan based on community need.
In 2013, a master plan process was initiated for the Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park to determine the renewal targets including the physical condition, functionality and demand capacity of the park. Recreation needs were identified through public and stakeholder consultation and operational requirements.
In 2016, the community vision and project considerations were presented to the Community and Public Services Committee as a draft Master Plan Concept and Report. This document serves as the Parks Master Plan for the Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park site and is supported by visuals and diagrams that present the recreational needs identified through public and stakeholder consultation. On September 20, 2016, a draft of the Master Plan was presented to City Council.
At this meeting, the following motions were passed:
1. That Administration develops a detailed program that includes capital costs and a business case, for a small recreation centre including a swimming pool in Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park; and
2. That Administration continues to consult with members of the community based on the proposed Rollie Miles Field District Master Plan.
In 2018 this work associated with the council motions was completed and is outlined in the approved(2018).
In 2021 a new project was initiated which will advance the planning and design through the Development Design phase for the enhancement of select open space infrastructure at Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park in alignment with the preferred concept in the approved Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park Master Plan (2018).
This small 13 ha district park is located in the rapidly densifying mature neighbourhood of Queen Alexandra, located in south central Edmonton. The Park runs parallel to Calgary Trail (104 street) between University Avenue and 70 Avenue.
Yes, this site encompasses a wide variety of amenities including a premier track and field facility, baseball diamonds, soccer/football field, tennis courts, George S. Hughes indoor skating arena, “Scona” swimming pool, Queen Alexandra Community League building and outdoor skating rink, the Edmonton Federation Community Leagues building and Strathcona High School.
The City is working with the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) to determine what their operational requirements are for their work in supporting the 157 Edmonton community leagues they serve. The EFCL continues to be a key stakeholder in the project and the current facility the EFCL leases from the City will be reviewed for impacts.
In Sept 2014, the newly restored Rollie Miles Track was reopened. This project included renewal of the track, drainage and field elements to provide a public outdoor track and field facility that can support a range of athletic opportunities to serve all citizens and stakeholders now and in the future.
As part of the Building Great Neighbourhoods and District Park Master Planning consultation, residents in Queen Alexandra indicated that lighting on the path adjacent to Rollie Miles Athletic field was important. In fall 2016, new lighting was installed in the Park along the west path as part of the upgrade to the entire neighbourhood streetlight system with Neighbourhood Renewal. Additional park lighting may be considered as part of this park renewal project.
In June of 2021, City Council approved funding to complete the preliminary design of the Rollie Miles Recreation Centre. Additional detailed design and construction are currently unfunded. An internal City of Edmonton project team has been identified and initial planning is underway to undertake this preliminary design work. First steps include completing a competitive procurement process for a qualified Architect and Engineering design team. We expect to have this prime consultant team hired in Q2 2022.
Yes, the Park Master Plan identifies access points to a new parking lot that will serve the new recreation centre. This will include a new signalized intersection at 104 Street and 71 Avenue.
A new facility would be open to the general public. Traffic and parking impacts were studied during the development of the Park Master Plan, which informed the recommended location and size of the new recreation centre and parking lot. Edmonton Transit buses currently stop at this location and additional stops will be considered in the next phase of the project.
Maintaining as many trees as possible has been identified as an important priority in this project and consideration of all factors will be discussed as the project progresses. As noted in the Park Master Plan, some existing trees will require removal to make space for the new recreation centre and related amenities. New trees will be planted as part of the new Recreation Center project.
The City of Edmonton is committed to improved accessibility of all City facilities for everyone. Features and amenities will meet the Alberta Building Code and take into consideration Universal Design Principles.
In 2018, City Council approved the Rollie Miles Park Master Plan, including the Functional Program for the new Rollie Miles Recreation Centre. The main amenities in the recreation centre will be: