Morinville Regional Recreation Complex - Building our Future

In the fall of 2013 the Town of Morinville retained the team of AODBT Architecture + Interior Design and Pac West Properties to provide a feasibility study outlining the various criteria that needed to be considered in replacing the Ray McDonald Sports Center Complex. Morinville committed to completing a feasibility study as part of the Sturgeon Region Recreation Master Plan Project which is a partnership between the Towns of Morinville, Bon Accord, Gibbons, Legal, Redwater and Sturgeon County.

The Feasibility Study is available for review and addresses many components such as types of amenities that could be included in a multi-use recreation facility, building construction, criteria for identifying a suitable location, and general comparisons of operating and capital costs.

Arena/Recreation Facility Project Steering Committee 
Applications for the Arena/Recreation Facility Project Steering Committee have been reviewed and the committee has been formed. To Download the Terms of Reference please click here.

Steering Committee Documents

Update as of October 23, 2015:

Following the August 31, 2015 deadline to submit proposals, Administration reviewed all proposals received and brought a recommendation forward to Council during a Special Meeting held on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. During that meeting, Town Council passed a resolution to award the Architectural & Professional Services Contract to Architecture | Tkalcic Bengert (Arch|TB) for the Arena/Multi-Use Recreation Facility Project. 

Mayor and Council invite everyone to a Large User-Group and General Public Meeting in regards to the Arena/Multi-Use Recreation Facility Project. At that meeting, Mayor and Council will welcome the Architect team from Arch|TB.

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 6:30-8:30pm

What: Future Arena/Multi-Use Recreation Facility Project Meeting to discuss:

  • Project Update
  • Project Stages and opportunities for ongoing involvement
  • Opportunities within project scope

Who: All user groups, stakeholders, and general public - everyone is welcome!

Update as of August 20, 2015:

• On Friday July 31, the RFP (Request for Proposal) for Architectural & Professional Services for the Arena/Multi-Use Recreation Facility was posted.
• To date, roughly 114 different companies have expressed interest in the project.
• An optional site visit & information meeting for interested companies was held on August 13.
• 18 individuals representing roughly 17 different companies attended.
• The deadline for proposal submission is 2:00pm local time on August 31. Depending on total number of submissions, the aim is to award the Architectural & Professional Services contract on September 8, 2015.
• Once awarded, stage 1 of the project, Pre-Design, will include but is not limited to:
       o Meet with stakeholder groups
       o Review applicable statutes, regulations, codes, and bylaws to ensure understanding of the requirements of authorities having jurisdiction including the Town and County
       o Prepare a detailed project schedule that identifies the necessary major tasks and/or benchmarks during the design process
       o Prepare a companion document that identifies potential risk issues that could negatively impact the project budget or schedule
       o Execute a general site survey to enable conceptual development for the extent of the work
• Residents and key stakeholders will be re-engaged following the onboarding of the successful company.
• In parallel with onboarding of the successful firm, the Town will be launching an interactive page on the Town website ( that will allow residents and stakeholders to comment and discuss various aspects of the project. Residents are always welcome to phone or email the Town with any questions or comments they may have at 780-939-4361.

We look forward to these exciting next steps! We hope you are too!

On July 30, 2015 an RFP was issued soliciting proposals for Architectural & Professional Services for the design and construction of a new Recreation Facility. RFP will close at 2:00 pm on August 31, 2015. Download the RFP here.

On May 12, 2015 at the Regular Meeting of Council, Administration presented the report provided by Ramseyhouse Consulting following the March 26, 2015 Information Session. Click here to download the report and   here to download the presentation.

On March 26, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. an Information Session was held at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre to discuss findings from the stakeholder user groups meetings, and provide input into prioritization. Click here to to view the presentation, or here to download the Capital and Operating Cost Analysis

On January 27, 2015 Mayor and Council announced that the location of the Future Arena/Multi-Use Recreation Facility is a 77 acre parcel of land located just East of Morinville and North of Hwy 642!  Please click  here to see a visual of the specific area, here to download the complete presentation, or here to view the video recording of the announcement.

On December 11, 2014 a second Open House/Public Session was held at the Community Cultural Center.  Presentations were made by Mayor Lisa Holmes and members of AODBT Architecture & Interior Design and attendees had an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.  Please click here to view the PowerPoint presentation, or watch the recorded presentation here.

On April 28, 2014 Morinville Council and consultants from AODBT Architecture + Interior Design held an Open House to present information from the feasibility study and continue discussions on recreation. Approximately 150 people attended. Further meetings will be scheduled to keep the public informed and provide opportunities for discussions throughout the process. Upcoming meetings will be advertised and information will be posted on this website so please check back to stay informed.

Request for Proposal - Architectural & Professional Services - Recreation Facility 

 UPDATE on the Ray McDonald Sports Center as of February 27, 2015: The scheduled structural repairs were completed and the arena is now back to being fully operational. A full report and update will be presented to Mayor and Council at the March 24, 2015 Regular Meeting of Council.

UPDATE on the Ray McDonald Sports Center as of February 1, 2015:  The arena is temporarily closed for repairs Monday to Friday until 4:00pm from February 2nd to 20th, 2015 (except Family Day on February 16). All programs scheduled within those hours are relocated to the Outdoor Rink. There is no impact to evening & weekend programming including the Snowman Festival activities.

UPDATE on the Ray McDonald Sports Center as of December 16, 2014: At the December 15, 2014 Special Meeting of Council, Mayor and Council approved $150,000 for capital improvements on the Ray McDonald Sports Center to extend the service life of the building through to at least the end of the current ice season. More information is expected to be available by the end of January as to whether or not additional funds will be required in order to continue to extend the building's life.

For information on Morinville's Arena and Curling Rink, the Ray McDonald Sports Centre - please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there provincial and federal grants available for this project?
There are no specific grants available to build a new recreation centre. The $13.75 million that we identified includes our Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) grant that we receive from the Province and our Federal Gas Tax grant that we receive from the Federal Government. There were expectations that the new Build Canada grant that was announced by the Government of Canada would allow us to access funds for this project; however, they have removed Sport and Recreation facilities from the list of projects that are allowed to access the funds. We are hopeful that there will be additional dollars found by both the provincial and federal government to contribute to this project and are currently advocating to our elected representatives on all levels to work towards that. This is why it is so important to form partnerships with regional municipalities and stakeholders like the school divisions as they may have the ability to access funding that we can’t receive on our own.