Calgary’s population is growing rapidly and we are active people. During our interminable winters, we still want to run, keep fit, play volleyball, basketball, soccer and dozens of other sports.
Potential users for a fully accessible multisport facility include thousands of:
- sports and recreation enthusiasts
- people with disabilities
Calgary’s existing sports and recreation facilities can’t keep pace with the demand. And the city has recognized that.
The 10-Year Strategic Plan for Sport Facility Development and Enhancement developed by the City of Calgary and Sport Calgary in 2008 identified the need for more gymnasia, indoor fields, indoor tracks and multi-purpose rooms — all of which can be met by the proposed multisport fieldhouse.
IT IS TIME
Currently Calgary is the fourth largest city in Canada by population, yet it doesn’t have a multisport fieldhouse. Many much smaller centres do. For example:
Kamloops | pop. 92,000 | Kamloops Fieldhouse
Lethbridge | pop. 95,000 | 1st Choice Savings Centre
Thunder Bay | pop. 123,000 | Fitness Centre Confederation College and Fieldhouse Lakeland University
Regina | pop. 195,000 | Regina Fieldhouse
Saskatoon | pop. 234,000 | Saskatoon Fieldhouse
Edmonton | pop. 1,035,000 | University Pavilion, Kinsmen Fieldhouse and a soon-to-be built third fieldhouse
Calgary is a world-class city; it deserves a world-class facility.