The City of Lethbridge, together with the Province of Alberta, broke ground May 13, 2016 to start construction on Phase 2 of the Crossings Leisure Complex in West Lethbridge.
Located at the corner of Britannia Boulevard and Mauretania Road West, Phase 2 will be approximately 256,000 square feet and will include a leisure aquatics facility with waterslides, an adventure/lazy river, lap pool, surf simulator and a whirlpool as well as a multi-sport field house, fitness centre, indoor track, gymnasiums, child minding area, indoor playground, locker rooms, child care and commercial space. Phase 2 is scheduled for completion in 2019 and will adjoin the Phase 1 twin arenas and curling facilities which recently completed construction and are entering start-up stage.
“Our government is committed to ensuring municipalities have the resources they need to create strong, dynamic communities for Alberta families. We are proud to support infrastructure investments, such as the Crossings Leisure Complex, which helps support sports, recreation, and community programs for Lethbridge residents,” says Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs.
The Crossings Leisure Complex will be a multi-purpose leisure recreation facility intended to promote active lifestyles that contribute to the personal well-being and quality of life for everyone in our community.
“When Phase 2 is completed, Lethbridge residents will enjoy a leisure facility on a scale comparable to many other Alberta cities. The Crossings Leisure Complex will provide year-round access to many seasonal activities and will complement our vision of a healthy community with leisure options for all residents,” says Mayor Chris Spearman.
“Today is such an exciting milestone for our community and for us as a steering committee overseeing this tremendous project,” says Councillor Rob Miyashiro, Chair of the Crossings Leisure Complex Steering Committee, which also includes Mayor Spearman and Councillor Blaine Hyggen. “So much important groundwork has been accomplished in the two years since our committee was formed, and it’s great to see construction of Phase 2 getting underway.”
The Government of Alberta is providing a total of $18.8 million from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) toward the $109.55-million overall budget for construction of Phase 2 of the leisure complex. The MSI is the provincial government’s key initiative to strengthen the municipal sector and provides significant funding to municipalities for their infrastructure priorities.
Further information on the Crossings Leisure Complex project is available at: www.lethbridge.ca/projects.