Recre­ation cen­tre be­comes re­al­ity

YMCA will op­er­ate Quarry Park fa­cil­ity

Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - JOSH SKAPIN

Po­ten­tial home­buy­ers just got another rea­son to turn to the amenity-rich com­mu­nity of Quarry Park.

The mas­ter-planned de­vel­op­ment, which fea­tures a ma­jor com­mer­cial hub and path­way sys­tem, will now in­clude a $63-mil­lion recre­ation cen­tre.

Shov­els re­cently started on the planned fa­cil­ity, to be about 100,000 square feet, which will be op­er­ated by YMCA Cal­gary. It’s ex­pected to open in late 2015.

Quarry Park is in south­east Cal­gary next to the Bow River and it has a 36-hectare na­ture re­serve.

The recre­ation cen­tre is an im­por­tant fea­ture for res­i­dents of Quarry Park, says Julie Sei­del, res­i­den­tial sales man­ager for Rem­ing­ton De­vel­op­ment Corp.

“It’s the idea that they can be within their own com­mu­nity and not have to drive around the city to be ac­tive as well,” says Sei­del.

Rem­ing­ton is the de­vel­oper of Quarry Park and the builder be­hind two of its condo projects — Cham­pagne and The Gates.

“In Quarry Park, it­self, it bodes well to the phi­los­o­phy of ‘live, work and play,’ ” says Sei­del. “It’s the play part.”

The fa­cil­ity will in­clude a run­ning track, gym­na­sium, fit­ness cen­tre and multi-pur­pose rooms, along with a leisure and lap pool. It will also house a branch of the Cal­gary Pub­lic Li­brary.

“With our weather as nasty as it’s been (re­cently), it’s nice to have a place to go for a run or go for a bike or a swim,” says Sei­del, adding that for most of res­i­den­tial parts of Quarry Park, the fa­cil­ity is be­tween a five- and 10-minute walk. “They don’t have to use their car to go to the gym, which is another huge qual­ity, I think.”

While many home­buy­ers have heard about the po­ten­tial for a recre­ation cen­tre for some time, the start of con­struc­tion as­sures peo­ple it’s hap­pen­ing, says Sei­del.

“Now that it’s un­der­way, there’s a lot more buzz in our show home — and for the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally want to live in the com­mu­nity, they be­lieve it now,” she says. “It’s def­i­nitely a sell­ing fea­ture for Quarry Park.”

Along with Rem­ing­ton’s project, Birch­wood Prop­er­ties has two multi-fam­ily de­vel­op­ments in Quarry Park: Boule­vard Townes and Bris­tol Town­homes.

“With our home­buy­ers, we’re look­ing at it as the fi­nal touch on a com­mu­nity that has lit­er­ally ev­ery pos­si­ble amenity now within walk­ing dis­tance,” says Adele Kerr, sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager for Birch­wood Prop­er­ties.

“The rea­son that peo­ple have pur­chased down in Quarry is the close prox­im­ity to be­ing able to walk along the river and walk to the Star­bucks, or walk out for din­ner. Ev­ery­thing is down there.

“I don’t think there are too many com­mu­ni­ties in Cal­gary that can of­fer all of that.”

Along with the two multi-fam­ily builders, sin­gle-fam­ily homes are of­fered by Cardel Homes.

City of Cal­gary

Above, an artist’s ren­der­ing of the Quarry Park re­cre­ation fa­cil­ity. To be op­er­ated by the YMCA, the pro­ject is ex­pected to open in 2015. Left, the Quarry Mar­ket re­tail area within the com­mu­nity. Many of the neigh­bour­hood’s ameni­ties are within walk­ing...

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