Clareview Community Recreation Centre

Edmonton, AB
Construction Cost: $103 million (Canadian)
Area / Square Feet: 292,000
Occupancy Date: August 2014

The $103 million Clareview Community Recreation Centre is a key part of the City of Edmonton’s master plan for the Clareview area. The project engaged a number of stakeholders, including the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Public Library and Edmonton Catholic Schools, resulting in a facility that offers something for everyone. The facility features competition, diving and leisure pools, fitness facilities and a renovated arena. The outdoor program includes synthetic turf fields and FIFA-compliant change rooms. Additional sports fields and baseball diamonds are included, as well as an outdoor skate park, splash park and children’s playground.

The facility was designed with special consideration for ADA accessibility and the desire to be in line with cutting-edge opportunities. This is the first aquatic facility that has a wheelchair elevator installed on both its competition pool and its whirlpool.

The architecture of the site and building integrates multi-use sports fields, multiple parking areas, public transit connections and landscape areas as part of the external circulation, which is brought into the building through access on two distinctly different grades. This external circulation is integrated with an internal spine directly connecting all interior program spaces. The transparency of the main facade allows the interior activities of the building to be visually accessible and inviting to passersby, and the aquatics area is viewable from all major building venues.