The Abbottsfield community in Edmonton is an engaged family neighborhood with strong ties to its community recreation facility. In the spring of 2011, the City of Edmonton recognized a need to revitalize the area, starting with the hub of the community: The Abbottsfield Recreation Centre. The original facility operated by the Abbottsfield Recreation Centre Society was a vital piece of the community, serving one of the highest need neighbourhoods in Edmonton.
The City of Edmonton made a commitment to fund the redevelopment of this important community centre. City Council approved $1.5 million along with the contribution of $5 million of Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding from the Government of Alberta for the design and contribution of the new facility and $300,000 from the Abbottsfield Recreation Centre Society.
The redevelopment of the Abbottsfield Recreation Centre was a perfect fit for the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's commitment to community projects that focus on education, health and wellness for youth.
The EOCF partnered with the Abbottsfield Recreation Centre Society to provide $1.5 million over four years to support programs, operations and the purchase of furniture, fixtures and equipment for the facility to further enrich the community and its families.
The $6.8 million facility opened in September 2014, including a gymnasium, kitchen, multi-purpose room and an outdoor play space.