2006 – 2007 – “Conrad Report” – Detailed facility study and public consultation conducted by Paul Conrad and Associates indicate a multi-use complex is a priority for a majority of the public in and around Edson.
Spring 2017 - Public Engagement began for the joint Edson and Area Community Services Strategic Plan. The report was to focus on
- Parks and Recreation
- Arts and Culture
- Museums and Archives
- Library Services
Surveys were conducted and Open Houses held, as well as a real focus at the Trade Show that year. Nearly 800 households participated.
September 2017 – Edson and Area Community Services Strategic Plan Final report complete (Volume 1 / Volume 2)
Some key findings
The community is at a key decision point: The municipalities find themselves at a crossroads of opportunity – a time when existing facilities are at or are approaching end of life and will need replacing or refurbishing, when solid growth is expected in the region and population requirements will increase, and when renewed co-operation makes it possible to join resources and plans
And a Fundamental Choice: The choice is whether to invest in the maintenance of existing infrastructure or use this opportunity to think broadly and reframe the offerings for future generations.
Strong support for a new community complex: Citizens are remarkably aligned in their comments, both in defining need and determining the next step. There is strong support for a new multi-purpose community centre and a recognition that there will be a need to develop and implement a reasonable funding strategy involving multiple partners
Recommendations have been developed to deal with four areas:
- A multi-purpose community centre;
- Consolidation of existing facilities;
- Changes in programming; and
- Joint management of future facilities and programs
April 2018 - Memorandum of Understanding reached between Town of Edson and Yellowhead County for the construction of a new facility.
- A 50‐50 cost share in the capital costs of a new facility,
- A 60‐40 Town‐County split in operational costs,
- Each partner will have an equal say in operations, and
- An operational agreement to be drafted as the process moves forward.
October 2018 – Edson and YC Council’s award tender for architectural services for the Multi-Use Facility to Stantec Architecture of Edmonton.
The amenities that are included for consideration in this project are:
- Two standard ice rinks with boards
- Aquatics facility - minimum 6 lane/25-meter pool, child pool, lazy river, waterslide, hot tub, and sauna/steam room
- 4 sheet curling surface
- Gymnasium - multi-sport court – basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, pickleball etc.
- Walking track and a fitness area - studio room(s), area for weights and equipment etc.
- Adequate storage to support each service area
- Basic skate sharpening/pro shop and food service provision areas
The additional features that may be considered for including as part of the facility are a:
- Climbing wall
- Indoor playground
- Multi-use rooms/meeting spaces
- Seating capacity in the aquatics facility (preferably mobile/temporary)
- FCSS Parent Link Centre
- Leisure skating pond
- Lease space-additional food service – e.g. Booster Juice, Tim Horton’s, Dairy Queen, restaurant/lounge, etc.
- Lease space - private paramedical services (i.e. physiotherapy, chiropractic, etc.), Boy & Girls Club, Primary Care Network
- Teen drop-in area
February 2019 – The joint Town of Edson and Yellowhead County Steering Committee agreed to the project scope, location, timeline, and cost of the proposed Multi-Use Recreation Complex to be constructed in Edson, at Griffiths Park. The chosen location will be ideal for future expansion and parking considerations.
The project is estimated to cost $70 million. After a thorough review process, the facility’s detailed design is planned to commence in late 2019 and construction anticipated to commence in 2022.
The Steering Committee is confident that the timelines set out for this project will allow our communities to gauge and plan fiscally—so that this exciting new initiative can be accommodated with limited tax implications.
April 2019 – The Steering Committee announced the commencement of a detailed geotechnical review of the Griffiths Park site, as well as some public information sessions. Edson Trade Show – April 26-27 and an Open House at the Galloway Station Museum May 9th.
June/July 2019 - RC Strategies conducted a Regional Multi-Use Recreation Facility Survey to gather input on the project, as well as support based on the anticipated tax implications. The survey was sent out to all Town of Edson tax rolls.
August 2019 - Edson Town Council reviewed the Multi-Use Facility Survey results. In total 716 responses were gathered from the 3,106 postcards that were sent out. This represents a response rate of approximately 23%.
2019 Multi-Use Facility Survey Report
September 2019 - Updated tax implication numbers were presented to Council based on an adjusted capital plan and more realistic operational cost estimates. Original operational estimates were found to be quite high when compared to actual data obtained from other similar facilities.
Communications plans surrounding the project were also presented to Council at the September 10th Committee of the Whole meeting.
January 2020 - Detailed geotechnical studies at Griffiths Park site indicate increased development costs of the Griffiths Park location. With the increased costs at that site, the steering committee felt that a new review of all reasonable options was necessary.
February 2020 - The Town of Edson and Yellowhead County Councils have selected a new site for the Multi-Use Recreation Facility Project. Both Councils confirmed a site north of the Hillendale subdivision as the official location for the new project moving forward.