Construction underway on secondary access to the Energy Centre

Phase III of Energy Centre planned for 2017

The secondary access will be built to a gravel road standard and will connect the Energy Centre to 16th Avenue, ensuring ample access to the facility.

“This project has been on council’s radar for some time – the trick has been to fit it into the budget at a time that made sense,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “With all of the other work scheduled to be done at the Energy Centre and Imperial Park, we did not want to build a road we would have to end up moving.”

The road will help ensure efficient traffic flow to and from the facility, especially during peak time such as concerts, hockey games and other large events. The total budget for the project, including engineering and construction, is $1.1 million. The project began in mid-October, and construction is expected to be completed by October 31, 2016.

Additional work at the Energy Centre includes the upcoming Phase 3 Expansion, which will bring a second arena to the facility along with a 360-degree climbing wall, a lounge and a mini stick rink. The expansion also includes additional storage space, office space and meeting rooms.

Also expected to start in the spring of 2017 is construction on an outdoor, multi-use artificial turf field with a grandstand.

“Imperial Park and the Energy Centre form the recreational hub for the whole community,” Copeland said. “As council’s vision for this area takes shape, we see that this will be a first-class recreational venue with something for everyone. From the Mach 1 Skate Park to the state-of-the-art Cenovus Wellness Centre and Imperial Place Arena, recreational opportunities in our city are abundant, and will continue to grow.”