City of Edmonton velodrome and community centre breaks ground

Connected to the Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure centre, the design by hcma, Dub Architects, and FaulknerBrowns Architects includes a velodrome that meets international competition standards.

The construction phase of the Coronation Park Sports and Recreation Centre is underway following the City of Edmonton’s approval of the $153 million budget in late 2021.

The project is an architectural partnership between hcma and Dub Architects, in association with FaulknerBrowns Architects. New renderings of the facility include the International Cycling Union-sanctioned velodrome that is expected to attract large, international sporting events, according to developers. 

With plans for completion in 2026, Coronation Park Sports and Recreation Centre will connect to the award-winning Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre, providing a wide range of complementary programming. 

hcma Principal Michael Henderson says: “We are thrilled that Coronation Park Sports and Recreation Centre is moving ahead, adding a striking form to a much-loved landscape and providing an innovative blend high-performance cycling and triathlon sports alongside forward-thinking community recreation – blurring the lines between competitive and recreational sport for people of all ages and abilities.”

“This building type will be unique in the world – a public place where you can participate in a triathlon on a -30° winter day next to casual users of the fitness and play spaces. The juxtaposition of recreational activities will be electrifying. We look forward to seeing this new facility in an established part of the city contribute towards the social life of the sport community and surrounding neighbourhoods,” says Dub Architects Principal, Michael Dub.

The improvements to the Coronation Park Sports and Recreation Centre were funded in part by a Government of Alberta Community Facility Enhancement Program grant of $850,000 provided by Alberta Culture and Status of Women. Argyll Velodrome Association and World Triathlon Edmonton provided additional funding.  

“It’s great to see our community grants being used in such an innovative way. The improvements to this facility will benefit thousands of residents and high-class athletes alike, and this exciting and groundbreaking design will help revitalize the community. I look forward to seeing – and using – the facility when it is complete,” says Minister of Culture, Ron Orr.