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RFD- 3304 Presentations   Item #:   2. c.    
Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 06/18/2018  
Title:    Outdoor Amenity Functional Plan - Wolanski
Presenter: Ken Luck
Department: Community & Protective Services  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Raise a Family - A leading recreation, leisure and sports community Related Goal: High quality leisure, recreational, commercial and social infrastructure and amenities that meet the interests and needs of the greater community are in place and conveniently accessible.

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Request for Decision Summary
Implementation of Outdoor Facilities Strategy (Corporate Plan Initiative CE480.5) recommends the implementation of a number of outdoor projects including skating rinks, skating trails, district level skateboard park, beach volleyball, baseball diamonds, and synthetic sports fields.

The recently completed Outdoor Amenity Functional Plan identifies pertinent strategic direction in relation to these projects. Subsequently Initiative CE480.5 will be amended to reflect the updated strategic direction.  
 
Proposed Motion
 
That the presentation on the Outdoor Amenity Functional Plan be received as information.  
Background/Analysis
Playbook 2029, Spruce Grove’s Outdoor Sport Facility Strategy, was presented to Council in 2015. The Strategy identified the current inventory and future needs of outdoor sport and recreation facilities in the City of Spruce Grove. In an effort to advance those strategies identified in Playbook 2029, an Outdoor Amenity Functional Planning Exercise was subsequently approved in the 2017 Corporate Plan. Taking into consideration population growth, current demands in outdoor sport and expansion into new sport disciplines the Functional Plan has been developed to build off of previous long-term strategic plans with the goal of helping to advance a number of potential projects and initiatives that the City is considering. Specific focus areas (amenity types) within the scope of the plan include:
  • Joint Use Grounds,
  • Henry Singer Ball Park,
  • Outdoor Ice, and
  • District Level Skatepark Facility (Wheeled Sports Site)
Options/Alternatives
The Implementation of Outdoor Facilities Corporate Strategy CE480.5 presently identifies the following system elements along with initiative timeline:  
  • Outdoor Rink (2018) (carried forward from 2017)
  • Two (2) Baseball Diamonds (2019 – 2021)
  • District Skateboard Park (2021 - 2022)
  • Outdoor Rink/Beach Volleyball (2022 - 2023)
  • Skating Trail (2024 - 2025)
  • Twin Synthetic Soccer/Football Fields (2027 - 2029)
Based on the research and findings contained within the Functional Plan the following amended system element listing complete with updated timeline schedule is recommended:
  • Re-Imagined Central Park (2019 – 2022)
  • Tri Village Area Beach Volleyball (2020 – 2021)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas/St. Marguerite’s One (1) Baseball Diamond & One (1) Natural Rectangular Sports Field (2021 – 2023)
  • Spruce Grove Composite site upgrade (2021 – 2022)
  • Henry Singer Lifecycle (2021 – 2022)
  • One (1) Outdoor Rink (2022 – 2023)
  • Greystone One (1) Baseball Diamond (2024 – 2025)
  • Northeast Skating Trail (2024 – 2025)
  • Brookwood One (1) Natural Rectangular Sports Field (2026 – 2027)
Consultation/Engagement
Key findings from research and information collected through the Functional Plan included:
  • Sport field users prefer quality over quantity as it relates to future development. Ensuring that future fields and diamonds are developed to proper specs and have suitable amenities is a key factor to maximizing use. 
  • While Spruce Grove has high proportions of younger children and youth, these residents are likely to remain in the community through their teens and possibly into adulthood.
  • The current utilization of sports fields is highly concentrated on a few sites.
  • The mix of recreational opportunities in the community needs to balance both spontaneous and structured opportunities.
  • The City has made recreation, leisure and sport a strategic priority.
  • User groups and individuals would like to have input into future facility planning and development, including facility design and maintenance.
  • Trends in recreation infrastructure reflect the importance of designing spaces that are safe, inclusive and multi-purpose. Furthermore, it is important to design spaces that can be used throughout most or all seasons.
  • Spruce Grove is increasingly becoming a regional “hub”. This is dynamic and the availability of major facilities (e.g. TLC, Fuhr Sports Park, Henry Singer) is likely to result in more non-residents accessing programs and facilities in the City.
Implementation/Communication
During the drafting of the Functional Plan communication took place with Spruce Grove Minor Ball, Spruce Grove Soccer and Youth from the Lions Log Cabin Program. In an effort to share the findings contained within the plan, Recreation Services conducted six (6) presentations to various departmental stakeholders including: Planning & Development, Engineering, Public Works, Communications and the Senior Leadership Team. Presentation was also made to representatives of the Evergreen and Parkland School Divisions at the May 29th Joint Technical Committee meeting.
Impacts
Joint Use Site Recommendations: The scope of the Functional Plan included review of a number of joint use sites in order to determine their suitability for upgrades and capital investment. Ten (10) joint use lands were identified as being suitable for upgrades based on having a “below expectations” condition rating for Class “B” and Class “C” in Playbook 2029 and the assessment conducted in May 2017.  The sites selected for upgrades were also identified as warranting capital investment due to a number of factors including:
  • Proximity to main transportation routes and networks within the City.
  • Ability for the site to allow for expandability and flexibility of use.
  • Sufficient Parking.

Financial Implications:
The following serves as an opinion of probable costs:
 
  1. Re-Imagined Central Park (2019 – 2022)
  • Construct: $2.5M
  • Design: $480K
  • Contingency: $373K
Total = $3.35M
  1. Tri-Village Beach Volleyball (2020 – 2021)
  • Construct: $500K
  • Design: $86K
  • Contingency: $75K
Total = $660K
  1. St. Thomas Aquinas/St. Marguerite's Ball Diamond & Natural Rectangular Field (2021 – 2023)
  • Construct: $1M
  • Design: $100K
  • Contingency: $100K
Total = $1.2M
  1. S.G. Composite Site Upgrade (2021 – 2022)
  • Construct: $350K
  • Design: $40K
  • Contingency: $35K
Total = $425K
  1. Henry Singer Lifecycle (2021 – 2022)
  • Construct: $350K
  • Design: $60K
  • Contingency: $55K
Total = $465K
  1. Outdoor Rink (2022 – 2023)
  • Construct: $750K
  • Design: $130K
  • Contingency: $120K
Total: $1M
  1. Greystone Ball Diamond (2024 – 2025)
  • Construct: $550K
  • Design: $95K
  • Contingency: $85K
Total: $730K
  1. Northeast Skating Trail (2024 – 2025)
  • Construct: $300K
  • Design: $50K
  • Contingency: $50K
Total: $400K
  1. Brookwood Natural Rectangular Field (2026 – 2027)
  • Construct: $750K
  • Design: $130K
  • Contingency: $120K
Total: $1M
 
Implementation of Outdoor Facilities Strategy
  • Total Estimated Cost: $9.23M
 
Financial Notes:
  1. Design cost percentages may vary from one project to another.
  2. Contingency cost percentages may vary from one project to another.
  3. Cost rounding may result in some variance of total cost.    
Attachments
Outdoor Amenity Functional Plan
Outdoor Amenity Functional Plan Presentation

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