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Calgary breaks ground on new Seton recreation facility

The $193 million facility nestled in the southeast community will feature ice rinks, leisure pools and more for the under-served Calgary neighbourhood

The Seton Recreation Facility isn't just an old sport and swim centre, it's going to include art studios, a library and more.

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The Seton Recreation Facility isn't just an old sport and swim centre, it's going to include art studios, a library and more.

This isn't your average recreation facility – it's got a water park, and surf simulator.  

On Friday, Mayor Naheed Nenshi toured the construction site to get a glimpse of what's in store for Seton in 2018. That's when the last of four recreation facilities, promised by council to new communities, will open for public use.

“Recreation facilities are special public spaces that provide opportunity for every Calgarian,” said Mayor Nenshi in a prepared release. “The Seton Recreation Facility is another example of the promise of Calgary where every citizen can live a great active and creative life. The new Seton facility is much-needed and will serve many thousands of Calgarians for many years to come.”

The 330,000 square foot giant is ringing in at $193 million, which is being partly funded by the city's community recreation levy, with significant help from the Alberta government.

Once completed it will be operated in partnership by the YMCA.

And yes, it's going to have all the bells and whistles. The amneties include two multi-purpose ice rinks, sports and liesure pools, a dive tank, surf simulator, gymnasiums, and a fitness centre – and for those not so much into sports, an art studio and library.

“Our government is committed to moving our province forward, and ensuring municipalities have the resources they need to build stronger, more dynamic communities for Alberta families,"  said Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs in a prepared release.

"Projects such as the Seton facility create jobs and are an immediate boost to the economy, and we are proud to invest in recreation infrastructure that enhances quality of life, and bring members of the community together.”  

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