You're invited to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the Health and Active Living Plaza

HALP Groundbreaking Invitation

Join us on October 4, 2022, at 12 p.m. as we officially break ground on the Health and Active Living Plaza. This facility will host EG’s first aquatics centre, a new public library, an indoor boardwalk, and more! The event takes place at the north end of Jim Mortson Drive off Leslie Street.

Our vision for the use of the plaza

The HALP will be more than a recreation facility in the traditional sense. We are committed to becoming a service arranger and provider. The HALP will be a destination point in our community, offering complementary services through partnerships with local community groups.

Aquatics Centre - subject to change

Our vision of the HALP is to provide EG with expanded and enhanced Parks, Recreation & Culture service delivery through one door, under one roof, and at one site.

We plan to run convenient and complimentary services and programs with over a dozen community partners. Our vision is to run the following programs out of this facility:

  • Recreational programs
  • Health programs
  • Arts and culture programs
  • Community services

The HALP will be more than a recreation facility in the traditional sense. We are committed to becoming a service arranger and provider. The HALP will be a destination point in our community, offering complementary services through partnerships with local community groups.

What the park space will feature

The park space will embrace placemaking and feature recreational areas connected by cycle paths and trails. The park space will also include:

  • Teaching and reading gardens
  • Outdoor cooking space
  • A playground and splash pad
  • Events space (event street and pavilion)
  • Skate park and pump track
  • Multi-use sports courts (pickleball, etc.)
  • Outdoor program areas
  • Outdoor games tables
  • Beach volleyball
  • Shuffleboard and some sports field space
  • Basketball Court

What the facility will feature

The HALP will feature over 80,000 sq. ft. of facility space including:

  • EG's first-ever Aquatics Centre
  • Library
  • Maker Space and Sound Studio
  • Gymnasium with track and potential fitness amenities (weights and cardio)
  • Program Spaces with a teaching kitchen
  • Interior Boardwalk space with public art and an interactive nature themed play space.

Site plans and maps

What would you like to see in the HALP?

Please fill out and submit the HALP Program Survey to let us know what programs you would like to see run out of the new recreation facility! If you have any questions please send us an email.

Take the HALP Program Survey

When will the HALP open?

The HALP is planning to open once the population of the Town reaches 40,000 residents. The project is funded by development funding with no cost to the taxpayer for the design and construction of the facility.

    The HALP Process

Predicted timeline

The way forward to the HALP:

  • 2016: HALP Land Procurement 15.98 Acre Site – No cost to the taxpayer
  • 2019 to 2021: Design and Site Plan
  • ~2022: Prequalification of General Contractors
  • ~2022: Project Tender*
  • ~2022 to 2025: Facility Construction**

*Subject to Council approval including Detailed Financial Strategy

**Facility construction is subject to a population base of 40,000 residents

Design of the HALP

The project is being guided by EG's Thinking Green standards and highlights several green and environmentally friendly features. You can find out more information on the design process with MJMA and their history on past projects.

Photo Gallery: HALP March 2022 will appear here on the public site.

Resources

Review reports and presentations on the Health and Active Living Plaza process.

Reports

Next steps

Facility construction is set to begin in 2022/2023, subject to Council approval and would take approximately 18 months.

Questions?

Email Chris Catania, Manager of Facilities or call 905-478-3815.

Email Rhonda Pogue, Manager of Recreation, Community Engagement and Events or call 905-478-4283 ext. 1409.