As part of the Reimagine Galleria Master Plan, Wallace Emerson Community Recreation Centre and Wallace Emerson Park will undergo a revitalization and expansion in order to offer the community a more functional and inviting public space to gather for fun and play.

Project Timeline

  • Spring to Winter 2020: Design and approvals
  • Fall 2021: Construction procurement
  • Winter to Spring 2022: Construction starts
  • Fall 2024: Construction complete

The timeline is subject to change.

Wallace Emerson Community Recreation Centre and Wallace Emerson Park are being revitalized as part of the Reimagine Galleria Master Plan. To cultivate a strong community identity, the new design of the Community Recreation Centre and surrounding park have been developed based on the shared experiences, activities and memories of the community.

The project will include a partial renovation of the existing Wallace Emerson Park with added features and amenities as well as a complete renewal of the existing Community Recreation Centre and a new child care facility.

Wallace Emerson Community Recreation Centre will be completely revitalized. The new 89,500 sq. ft. facility will feature a colourful calendar of community events, recreation programming and will include a new 62 space Child Care Centre. It will also include:

  • An aquatic centre
  • A gym facility and running track
  • An Outdoor running track on the roof of the facility
  • Dance and aerobics studios
  • An open fitness area
  • Multi-purpose rooms, kitchen and kitchenettes
  • A Main lobby, common spaces and administration areas
  • Change rooms, storage areas and washrooms

The existing Community Recreation Centre will not be closed during the construction of the new centre. It will shut down and be demolished only after recreation programming has been transferred to the new centre.

The new Child Care Centre will be attached to the Community Recreation Centre. The centre will be designed as an inclusive play environment that will accommodate 32 preschoolers, 20 toddlers and 10 infants and include various outdoor play areas.

The improvements to Wallace Emerson Park are a combination of renovating the existing park, a land swap, and an expansion of new parkland. Overall, the park will increase in size from 2.66 ha (6.58 acres) to 3.16 ha (7.81 acres) and will be delivered in two phases. Phase two will be delivered separately after the completion of phase one.

Partial closure of the park will be required during the construction of the first phase. The following amenities located on the west side of the park will not be available for use: basketball court, drinking fountain, BMX Park, and walkway connection to Floyd Street. The existing multi-purpose field will be reduced in size in order for it to be available for use during construction.

The first phase of the park improvements will open at the same time as the new Community Recreation Centre and will feature:

  • A new fieldhouse which will include
    • A snack bar and kitchen
    • A skate sharpening station
    • A changing area, gender-neutral and universal washrooms
    • Storage spaces
    • Refrigeration and ice resurfacing utility spaces to service the outdoor ice skating facility
  • Refrigerated ice skating facility
  • Multi-purpose court with basketball hoops
  • BMX/skateboard park
  • Splash pad
  • New landscaping and plantings with preservation of some of the existing mature trees
  • New pathways, lighting, custom seating and outdoor furniture

September 2020

The Design Development Phase is complete and the project is entering the construction procurement phase. A full construction schedule will be available once a general contractor is hired.

Public engagement played an essential role in developing this plan. A variety of consultation activities provided diverse opportunities for people to give their input. The City has received feedback through open houses, working group meetings, site walks, pop-ups and focus groups.

The public consultation process for the design of the Public Facilities included the development of a Consultation Strategy and the coordination of up to 7 community consultation events – four (4) public meetings/open houses and three (3) meetings with the working group.

A summary of public consultation and engagement process can be found on the Reimagine Galleria project page.

Project Renderings

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