Future County Sportsplex to Provide More Recreation Options
With the shovel in the ground at today’s official groundbreaking ceremony, construction is already underway on the 176,043 square-foot County Sportsplex.
The new regional facility, which will open its doors as early as the fall of 2012, will house twin ice rinks and a half-size indoor soccer pitch, one of Alberta’s largest indoor soccer pitches. It will also contain office and retail space, and future plans include several outdoor playing fields.
Located on 42-acres just west of the County administration buildings, Everett McDonald, County of Grande Prairie Reeve said the site’s central location is ideal as it is easily accessible from all corners of the County as well as from the City of Grande Prairie and communities throughout the region.
“What we are hearing from local sports groups in the County and City is that there is a real need for more ice time and more access to indoor soccer,” said McDonald. “The Sportsplex not only addresses the needs we have today, but has plenty of space to meet future demand.”
McDonald added: “This facility does not compete with other recreational facilities, but adds capacity to the array of options already in place throughout the region, including the new pool in Beaverlodge and the City’s new Multiplex.”
Since initial planning in 2009, square-foot costs for the Sportsplex have decreased from $190 per square-foot to $175. The overall construction cost for the pre-engineered facilty is $29,192,359 million.
The County has retained the Workun Garrick Partnership to provide architectural services. Grande Prairie-based Kaldon Construction will serve as Construction Manager.
The Sportsplex and site will be owned by the County of Grande Prairie, and privately operated by Calgary-based Nustadia Recreation Inc.
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Media Advisory– For Immediate Release Wednesday, August 31, 2011
County Sportsplex Groundbreaking
When: Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Where: 1 mile west of the County Administration Building on 84 Ave., ½ mile south on 108 St. Site is located on east side of road.
Who: County of Grande Prairie No. 1
Reeve Everett McDonald, County of Grande Prairie
County of Grande Prairie Council members
Why: The public is invited to join the County of Grande Prairie at a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the commencement of the construction of the County Sportsplex. The 176,043 square-foot regional facility will house two ice rinks and an indoor soccer pitch.
County Sportsplex Budget
Council approved the new budget for the guaranteed price of $29,192,359. The original budget was $26 million. Administration attributed the higher than anticipated tenders to the decision to expand the size of the indoor soccer facility to a full half pitch and running track. This was a 36% increase (47,173 sq. ft.) in the size of the facility. The cost per sq. ft. actually dropped from $189 in the original proposal to $175.54 after tendering. The funds will be taken from the Capital Reserve Fund.