February 9, 2017

Pre-tender meetings and consultations have been completed and the Peace Region’s newest recreation destination remains on schedule. The next step will be to issue tender documents in late-winter 2017.

Final design concepts were received in November of 2016. Since then the Regional Recreation Facilities Committee, a committee comprised of councillors from the County of Northern Lights, MD of Peace, Northern Sunrise County and the Town of Peace River, has met with the public and the user groups.

To accommodate requests from user groups the committee has worked to modify the design.

  • Up to three additional change rooms have been added.
  • The large team change room has been expanded, with storage and desk space.
  • Added 189 square metres of warm storage for user groups.
  • Curtains in the field house will overlap to prevent errant balls from flying onto the running track.
  • Ultra bright, ultra high efficient LED lighting will help improve the indoor lighting while lowering operating expenses.
  • Three multipurpose rooms, for community booking and use, have been added.
  • Food prep area and kitchen will be three times as big as the previous one, with layout and design by Tesco, a professional in commercial kitchen design.
The layout of the future Peace Regional Recreation Centre is overlaid on a satellite image.

With the floor plans and designs completed, the architects are now working on final blueprints. The committee anticipates tendering for construction on this project in March.

Previously Released Information

Update #4

November 17, 2016

Conceptual drawings and renderings were on display on Thursday November 10, 2016. This was the second public open house update on the project, during that time Councillors from the partner municipalities, Town staff and the architect took questions from residents.

For those that were unable to attend the design showcase this we have made the information available online.

Important Background Info

Regional Recreation Needs Assessment (PDF)

Household Recreation Use in Peace River (PDF)

Update #3

October 25, 2016

After years of public consultation, through public discourse, a regional recreation needs assessment, public regional surveys and more, the design of the Peace Regional Recreation Facility is taking shape on paper.

November 10, 2016 from 5PM to 8PM members of the public will have the opportunity to preview the region’s newest recreation destination during a design showcase taking place at the Baytex Energy Centre.

Elected officials from the Regional Recreation Facilities Committee, which is driving the Peace Regional Recreation Centre process, will be on hand as well as architects from BR2 Architecture, the firms doing the designs. Additionally there will be design drawings, renderings, and more detailed information to help the community envision the project.

A spatial drawing of the main floor shows the rough layout of the new Peace Regional Recreation Centre's amenities.
A spatial drawing of the main floor shows the rough layout of the new Peace Regional Recreation Centre’s amenities.

Update #2

September 7, 2016

As the final weeks of summer waned this August work quietly began on the region’s newest recreation centre.

Survey work began on the site with the drilling of bore holes to conduct a geotechnical survey of the area. Sonic equipment helped capture critical ground composition information from depths of more than 14 metres. That info has been sent back to the architects working on the design drawings.

Meanwhile the Regional Recreation Facilities Committee has been hard at work, putting the final touches on the design requirements, and budget.

A drilling rig is used to bore test holes into the site of the new recreation centre on August 22, 2016. The test holes along with sonic imaging will help to paint a picture of the earth beneath the surface, this will be critical in laying the proper foundation.

The Design

Over the summer, committee members met with each other, the project architect, and user groups to discuss design, process and budget. Now the final decisions and budget have been submitted to the architect and design drawings are currently being put together.

A design showcase is also being planned for mid-October, where members of the committee and the architect will be unveiling the final approved drawings.


All in the project will cost approximately $23 million to complete with $16.1 million already committed. The remaining $6.9 million will be funded through a fundraising plan put together by the committee. Currently the plan is in the final stages of discussion and development.

Fundraising Committee

Over the next few months area residents will hear about and be asked to participate in a fundraising committee to assist with decking the halls of the new facility.

We will be seeking community minded people who wish to help make this facility sparkle by addressing issues such as naming rights, sponsorship, advertising and donations. If you’re interested in being contacted about this in the future, please visit the contact page

Update #1

June 25, 2016

Recreation facilities serve a valuable need in a community. First and foremost they offer a location to play the intended sports but they often become more. Recreation facilities are places were friendships are forged, the community comes together and is celebrated – they are focal points of community.

Two years ago Peace River found out that our arena was going to need to be replaced in a five year period. Through collaboration and hard work regional neighbours have come together to make the impossible, possible and to ensure the Peace Region has a rec facility for everyone to enjoy for decades to come.

The Facility:

At its core the Peace Regional Recreation Centre will serve field and ice sports through a full-sized field house and a NHL sized hockey rink. In addition to the field house, the design will incorporate a running and walking track. As a community facility a large kitchen area is also being included in the design to facilitate community concession sales as well as other events requiring food prep.

Located near the current Baytex Energy Centre, the Peace Regional Recreation Centre will help solidify the north-end as a recreation hot spot, and will complement the existing Peace Regional Pool. It will also ensure that running/walking sports as well as field sports have a year-round home at an indoor facility.

The Regional Recreation Facility Committee, comprised of council members from the County of Northern Lights, MD of Peace, Northern Sunrise County and Town of Peace River are pictured at the future site of the new Peace Regional Recreation Centre in Peace River's north end on June 25. A year from now construction will be underway on the new facility.
The Regional Recreation Facility Committee – pictured at a media event on June 25, 2016.

The Timeline:

June to November 2016 – Design or concept phase
During this time the design of the facility will be fleshed out completely, it’s features and soft costs identified and ultimately budgeted for. Residents can expect a public update in the early fall with design drawings and schematics.
This period will include updates to stakeholders. That means members of the committee will be meeting with user groups, confirmed and potential as well as other impacted groups and businesses regarding the project.

Early 2017 – Tendering
By the end of the 2016 the budget and design will be finalized and signed off on. That will allow the permit and tendering process to begin in early 2017.

Spring 2017 – Begin Build
This stage is dependent on weather and conditions for a start date, however, ideally shovels would be in the ground for May of 2017.

Late 2018 – Complete Construction, open facility
Specific dates for the opening of the facility will be confirmed during the construction process, however, we anticipate about 18 months of construction.


In 2014 a Town of Peace River engineering report discovered substantial foundation and serious structural issues in the current Baytex Energy Centre. It was not practical to repair the old building.

At the time an engineering estimate gave the building a life expectancy of five years. In response to this the Regional Recreation Facilities Committee was struck to come up with a solution. This committee contains Council members from four municipalities including County of Northern Lights, MD of Peace, Northern Sunrise County and the Town of Peace River.

Initially the committee undertook a recreation needs assessment, which identified where gaps in recreation options existed in the region. This enlightening report was published in the fall of 2015 and helped set the stage for the committee’s decision to prioritize an ice sheet, running track and field house.

Since then the committee has worked to raise the funds required to build this important facility.

While this process will continue over the next few years, $16.1 million has already been committed by the member municipalities.

Peace Regional Recreation Centre