The total capital cost for all 4 recreation centres in this tranche (Seton, Rocky Ridge, Great Plains, Quarry Park) was $480 million. The city's current recreation operating model for these facilities is for a private-sector partner to operate the facility to cover maintenance, operating, lifecycle and other ongoing costs.With recent facilities built in Rocky Ridge, Quarry Park, Sandleridge and Seton. Plus upgrades and remodels at many other rec facilities. Where does all the money come for them? That’s gotta be close to a billion dollars in Capitol costs. Does the city cover all the costs or are the other levels of government chipping in? How about private sector or the developers of these communities do they pay for a share?
I used the wrong words. I'm trying to say Calgary's recreation centres are relatively unique in their size and scale in Canada. Few cities build ones as large as us or as multi-function. Toronto does indeed have a great network of recreation facilities, but they aren't nearly as enamoured as we are with the mega-scale multi-function facilities we have become accustom to; tending to have more, smaller facilities than fewer, mega-sized ones. There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach.In my experience, Calgary doesn't have as extensive a system as Toronto has both private and public run facilities.
This one will be larger I believe. Went to the Rocky Ridge one last weekend and I agree, lots of wasted space. That one is great on the inside, but the metal tiles on the outside are already looking quite dingy, not sure it will age well...Wonder which one will be larger/nicer, this or the Royal Oak one? I was in the Royal Oak one last weekend and it was impressive. A lot of wasted empty space though. Swimming pool could have been much larger.
According to the City of Calgary site, Rocky Ridge is 284,000 square feet in size and Seton will be an approximately 330,000 square foot facility.This one will be larger I believe. Went to the Rocky Ridge one last weekend and I agree, lots of wasted space. That one is great on the inside, but the metal tiles on the outside are already looking quite dingy, not sure it will age well...