A brand new recreation centre in the city’s northwest is one step closer to fruition following a Wednesday morning groundbreaking ceremony.

The Rocky Ridge Recreation Centre, a 285,000 sq. ft. facility, is slated to open to the public in 2017.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Ward 1 Councillor Ward Sutherland, Ward 2 Councillor Joe Magliocca and Stuart Dalgleish, City of Calgary general manager of community services and protective services, were in attendance at Wednesday’s ceremony.

Located at 11,300 Rocky Ridge Rd. N.W., the building which will offer views of the mountains, while preserving a natural wetland on the grounds, is set to include:

  • 3,000 sq. ft. open concept Calgary Public Library branch
  • 25 metre, eight lane, competition pool
  • Leisure centre with a wave pool and water slides
  • Hot tubs and a steam room
  • Two ice rinks
  • Three court gymnasium
  • Fitness centre
  • Fitness/aerobic studios
  • Running/walking tack
  • Multi-purpose rooms for meetings and classes
  • Theatre (seats 300)
  • Childcare
  • Concessions
  • Physiotherapy/medical clinic

A basketball court, pathway system, playgrounds and a skateboard park will be situated outside of the recreation centre,

“Recreation facilities are true community centres that provide opportunity for every Calgarian,” said Mayor Nenshi at the groundbreaking ceremony. “The Rocky Ridge recreation facility is an example of the promise of Calgary where every citizen can live a great active and creative life. This place is much-needed and will serve many thousands of Calgarians for many years to come.”

The project is expected to cost $191 million with the City of Calgary’s Community Investment Fund supplying $121 million and the province’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative providing the remaining $70 million.

For more information about the facility, visit Rocky Ridge Recreation Centre