Monday, the City of Calgary, YMCA Calgary and the Calgary Public Library celebrated the grand opening of Remington YMCA in Quarry Park. The facility is the first of four new recreation facilities to open to the public as part of The City of Calgary’s $480 million investment to improve the availability of recreation opportunities in underserved areas of the city.
Construction of the facility began in the summer of 2014 and opened to the public on Canada Day, 2016. Great Plains Recreation Facility, a multi-purpose arena and community space, also in the southeast, opened to the public on September 1, 2016. Two more facilities currently under construction, Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility in the northwest and Seton Recreation Facility in the southeast, are scheduled to be completed in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
The City of Calgary oversaw the planning, design and construction of the 94,000 square foot Remington YMCA, representing an investment of $63 million. The finished facility reflects extensive community research and engagement and was designed with the specific needs of the surrounding communities in mind.
“The City of Calgary knows that the southeast quadrant is growing rapidly and there is significant need for additional community amenities here,” says Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “It’s part of a city-wide strategy to build active, cultural, vibrant and complete communities filled with opportunity for all.”
The completed facility features a 25 metre, six lane pool, small leisure pool, hot tubs, steam room, gymnasium, fitness centre, a running/walking track, fitness studios and multi-purpose rooms, childcare and child-minding, food services and a public library.
“We’re so pleased to partner with The City of Calgary to make these services available to Calgarians,” says Helene Weir, President and CEO of YMCA Calgary. “It’s part of a shared commitment to give all Calgarians access to quality health and recreation opportunities.”
Remington YMCA is a new community hub in Calgary’s southeast, offering a blend of leisure, recreational and community amenities, including a 9,000 square foot, full-service public library serving as the new location of the Glenmore Square Library.
“Partnering with The City and YMCA is a wonderful opportunity for the library to offer Calgary’s southeast communities so much more,” says Bill Ptacek, CEO for the Calgary Public Library. “An Early Learning Centre for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, additional community meeting room spaces, more computers, books and services.”
For more information, please visit calgary.ca/newreccentres.