Business Items    Item #:   4. b.            
Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 03/16/2020  
Title: Arena Complex Project - Farbrother
Department: City Manager
This topic relates to all three of the City’s strategic vision elements contained in Council’s Strategic Plan
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.

Request for Decision Summary
The purpose of this Request for Decision is to seek direction from Committee on next steps for the Arena Complex Project.

Proposed Motion
That Committee receive the Arena Complex project report as information.

Multi-Use Sport & Entertainment Centre and Second Community Ice Surface
The City started a process in 2014 to look at the feasibility of constructing a Sport and Event Centre as an anchor project for creating a destination Centre as part of the Westwind development. The concept was to take the twin arena project in the City’s long-term capital plan and consider whether it made sense to add event hosting capacity to one of the arenas.
In November 2017 the City of Spruce Grove submitted an application to the Coal Community Transition Fund and received $255,000 to support the next stage of project definition and feasibility assessment on the proposed Sport and Event Centre as an important component of Spruce Grove’s economic diversification strategy. Approximately $71,000 remains unexpended.
In May 2018 City Council approved a terms of reference for a study which included a review of three options for the facility that vary in scope and functional design and have different price points. All three options are variations on a twin pad arena with different functional elements included. As such, they represent different configurations of community needs and economic benefits.
In January 2019 Sierra Planning presented the Proposed Arena Complex Business Case Analysis. Based on the previously approved terms of reference the presentation covered the following items: Scope and Needs Analysis, Functional Design, Financial Performance and Funding Analysis.
In February 2019 the Clarification of Key Items Memorandum on the Arena Complex/Event Centre Business Case Report from Sierra Planning was presented to City Council. In addition it was recommended that the City of Spruce Grove retain a public relations consultant to design, coordinate and manage a public participation process for the Arena Complex/Event Centre.
Tri Indoor Recreation Facility Strategy
In July 2017 the Tri Indoor Recreation Facility Strategy for the Tri-Municipal Region was completed. The plan is intended to be guiding in nature and recognizes that each of the three municipal partners maintains full autonomy to pursue indoor recreation facility development as directed by their respective councils. The strategy identifies the following facility types as most needed for the region:
  1. Leisure Swimming;
  2. Ice Arenas;
  3. Indoor Adventure;
  4. Fitness/Wellness; and
  5. Fieldhouse/Dry Floor Areas.
In January 2019 the Town of Stony Plain Council received, from its administration, a preliminary site concept plan for a major recreation facility development on a section of property in the Town’s southwest quadrant. The concept identified both indoor and outdoor facility types including a fieldhouse, arena, aquatics, outdoor rink, baseball diamonds and rugby field complete with clubhouse. Two new schools are also identified for the site. The plan also proposes that the two existing facilities, the Westridge Curling Rink and Glenn Hall Centennial Arena would remain active for the present time.
Details relating to options and/or alternatives are included in the attached the PowerPoint presentation.
At this time administration have identified the following four (4) facility types/concepts Council may wish to consider as a next step. They include:
  1. Continue investigation of a Multi-Use Sport and Event Centre along with second community ice surface;
  2. Pursue investigation of a spectator ice facility along with second community ice surface;
  3. Pursue investigation of a standalone twin ice facility; and
  4. Pursue investigation of a regional or district facility type pursuant to recommendations identified in the 2017 Tri Indoor Recreation Facility Strategy.
In addition, administration requests Councils direction on the public consultation exercise including what Council wishes administration to gain input on.

Fiscal Impact
Financial Implications:
Information related to the financial position of the City and for specific options are included in the presentation materials. 
Of note, as the City continues to advance the process there could be a $3,000,000 - $5,000,000 cost variation (reduction) based on current economic conditions.

Arena Project Presentation