Community Amenities Site Concept Scenarios

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The City of St. Albert has embarked on a process to prioritize and plan for future recreation amenity and community space development at the Community Amenities Site over the course of the next 10 or more years.

The new community site will be designed to foster physical and mental wellness, encourage community building, support social opportunities, and reflect a broad range of community perspectives amidst a growing and diversifying city. The site is located along Range Road 260, south of Villeneuve Road and was donated to the City by Rohit Group of Companies.

Initial stages of this project includes two phases of work:

  • [COMPLETE] Phase 1: Recreation Amenity Prioritization: Completion of the recreation needs assessment and future recreation amenity prioritization
    • In early 2022, the City of St. Albert engaged with over 1,870 survey respondents and 34 community organizations, alongside regional partners, local school boards and Indigenous partners about current and anticipated future recreation needs in our community. Check out the What We Heard Report.
  • [COMPLETE - SEPT 2023] Phase 2: Community Amenities Site: Completion of concept planning for prioritized recreation amenities in the Cherot neighbourhood
    • This phase includes gathering public input on possible site concept scenarios to help make decisions on the future space.

Feedback

Your feedback during this exciting phase is greatly appreciated. Your input has provided a better understanding of the priorities and desired amenities for the site and will help inform a draft concept plan for the Community Amenities Site for future decision. Please check this page for further updates.




The City of St. Albert has embarked on a process to prioritize and plan for future recreation amenity and community space development at the Community Amenities Site over the course of the next 10 or more years.

The new community site will be designed to foster physical and mental wellness, encourage community building, support social opportunities, and reflect a broad range of community perspectives amidst a growing and diversifying city. The site is located along Range Road 260, south of Villeneuve Road and was donated to the City by Rohit Group of Companies.

Initial stages of this project includes two phases of work:

  • [COMPLETE] Phase 1: Recreation Amenity Prioritization: Completion of the recreation needs assessment and future recreation amenity prioritization
    • In early 2022, the City of St. Albert engaged with over 1,870 survey respondents and 34 community organizations, alongside regional partners, local school boards and Indigenous partners about current and anticipated future recreation needs in our community. Check out the What We Heard Report.
  • [COMPLETE - SEPT 2023] Phase 2: Community Amenities Site: Completion of concept planning for prioritized recreation amenities in the Cherot neighbourhood
    • This phase includes gathering public input on possible site concept scenarios to help make decisions on the future space.

Feedback

Your feedback during this exciting phase is greatly appreciated. Your input has provided a better understanding of the priorities and desired amenities for the site and will help inform a draft concept plan for the Community Amenities Site for future decision. Please check this page for further updates.



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    To follow up on my active transport question. So then the safest route for a cyclist to get to this location from somewhere like the Lacombe neighbourhood would be to first bike south to meet up with the red willow trail, then west all the way to big lake, then bike the 1 or 2 kms back north to get to this site? I don’t believe thats going to encourage anyone to take that option. Similar if they were coming from the North Ridge neighbourhood, if there is no safe and quick way to get there by foot/bike people will be stuck driving to the site.

    NathanDurocher asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the question and we do understand the concern as the site is not connected to the rest of the Citys active transportation system as it is currently built out. This project focuses on how the City will grow, with the NW area being identified as a key growth area and will need several pieces of key improvements, all of which are planned, to connect.  In your example, in the future you could cycle to the sidewalks along McKenney Avenue or Giroux Avenue to the Ray Gibbon Drive trail system, which currently exists only south of McKenney Avenue but will continue north to Giroux Avenue as Ray Gibbon Drive twinning occurs (which includes intersection improvements for safety), and from there directly into the site from planned trail connections.  

    It will take a number of years to plan and build the community amenities site, alongside the planned timeline for the improvements to Ray Gibbon Drive. This project intends not just to meet needs of today but to meet the community and recreation needs of the City as it grows to 100,000 people. While it is not obvious based on where we are today, the City is working towards a well connected site for all users, not just those with vehicles. 

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    The project intro video talks about promoting active transport, yet the location is located on the edge of the city at the corner of two highways with large parking lots. That doesn’t sound like a place any pedestrian or cyclist can get to easily or would have any interest in going to. How is active transport being included in this project?

    NathanDurocher asked 6 months ago

    Active transportation is a major consideration for this site.  This location enables a direct pedestrian/cyclist connection from the Community Amenities Site to the future trails planned for along Ray Gibbon Drive, which will  then further connect to both the Red Willow Trail system and Lois Hole Provincial Park.  The site is also a within growth area for St. Albert, and will have connections to the Cherot neighbourhood, which has already begun development,  and future growth areas to the west and north of the existing limits of development.  Transit access is also being consciously considered  within this process, giving a wide wide variety of mobility choices.  

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    Why is the pool at Servus Place so tiny?? It is the worst pool in Edmonton and surrounding communities, it's actually an embarrassment to St Albert. Me and my family have started going to the pool in Sherwood Park, quite sad. I hope to see a new pool built in the next 5 years. Adam

    Adam Fraese asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. This project is not looking at any changes to Servus Place at this time.  In all of the concepts for the future community amenities site we have planned for a large aquatics facility with both competition (25m lane pool) and leisure pool areas. We know that access to pools is very important to residents and having a large facility at the new site will support both current and future growth needs for our community.  

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