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The Seton Recreation Facility Unfolds

Posted by Ryan MacDonald on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 9:19am.

Residents in southeast Calgary are excited as construction is finally underway on the much-needed Seton Recreation facility, the last of four centres in newer communities within the city.

Seton Rec Centre

The Seton facility will be a state-of-the-art centre measuring 330,000 sq. ft and costing some $193 million. It will feature two skating rinks, a 50m, 10 lane competition pool, a leisure pool, water park, dive tank, surfing simulator, and gymnasiums (for courts sports like basketball, badminton and volleyball), a fitness centre, and running/walking track. After your work out, relax in hot tubs and steam room, or if need be, visit the onsite physiotherapy/medical clinic. On the cultural side, a full-service library, theatre and art studio with gallery will be available.

The new facility will be a welcome addition for residents in the southeast communities of McKenzie Lake, Seton, McKenzie TowneNew Brighton, Copperfield and Heritage Pointe. Cranston and Mahogany are about three minutes away. Also, situated right next to Auburn Bay, it's likely we'll see an impact on real estate prices in this neighborhood, similar to when the South Health Campus went in.

Site Plan for Seton Recreation Facility

Site plan for Seton recreation facility in Calgary

Recreation Centre in Southeast Calgary Long Overdue

The facility is long overdue, providing desperately needed recreation facilities plus extra ice surfaces for minor hockey players in the previously mentioned communities. Certainly parents of young hockey players will enjoy spending less time in the car driving to far-away arenas. Right now the closest recreation centres for deep southeast residents are Southland and Cardel South.

Being a public facility, all Calgarians can check it out and use it when it opens in 2018, and marvel at the building’s design which reflects residents’ relationship to the land and the predominance of the sky in the city’s landscape. The shape harkens to the rugged land swept and formed by the dominant Chinook winds that shape the way Calgarians live.

For families with young children, there will be daycare and babysitting services available. With a planned future high school and future southeast LRT leg in the works, the rec centre and surrounding facilities will make southeast Calgary a highly-sought area for Calgarians, especially those with families.

The other three new recreation centres in the works are Rocky Ridge, Quarry, and Great Plains.

The YMCA, in partnership with the City of Calgary, will operate the Seton facility when it opens. Funding for the project comes from the city, plus a large chunk from the Alberta Government’s Major Projects Division.

Ryan MacDonald, B.Sc. Real Estate Professional

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