What is the Recreation Complex Project?

The future Recreation Complex will serve as the community hub for recreation and culture for our growing community and surrounding areas. The Township of Russell has been working on the project since the 2015 Recreation Master Plan, which identified an interest for this type of multi-use facility.

The location of this complex will be between Embrun and Russell on the land adjacent to the sports dome.

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Concept Plan

The conceptual plan for the future recreation complex gives you an idea of what is planned for this area.

View the Concept Plan

The Concept Plan includes project phases 1, 2, 3 and 4. See our Project Phases section to learn what to expect in each phase.


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Will the Recreation Complex have a pool and arena?

At this time, Council have approved we move forward with Phase 1 of the project, which is the design and construction of two basketball courts, two tennis courts, and the Jonathan Pitre Park (with accessible structures and senior exercise equipment).

Other amenities (arenas, indoor pool, or other) will be subject to community feedback in 2021 as part of Phase 2. Council will have final approval of which amenities will move to construction, being Phase 3 of the project.

Community Consultation

There are currently no open public participation opportunities for this project.

If you have any other comments on recent opportunities, please email the Parks and Recreation Department.

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Online Public Survey (Closed)​

The public survey for the recreation complex is now closed. It was open from February 9 to March 14. We thank you for your participation.

A link to the survey results summary is available in the May 3, 2021 Project Update.

Online Public Consultations (March 3 and 10, 2021) 

Two public consultations were held by online participation.

Meeting dates, times and languages are below. 

Live with Leroux: Online Q&A with the Mayor ​(February 24, 2021)

An online discussion took place on February 24, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. with Mayor Pierre Leroux and our consultants on the public consultation process for the recreation complex.

Watch the recording of Live with Leroux from February 24, 2021.

Project Phases

The future recreation complex is planned in four phases.

Project Initiation

The project initiation phase is in 2020 and includes:

  • Estimated costs for Phases 1 and 2, including project management, design and construction costs.
  • Obtaining Board approval on the project budget and implementation plan.

Both of these steps are now complete.

Phase 1 – Design, Tender and Construction of Courts & Accessible Park

Phase 1 will start in 2021 and includes the design and construction of:

  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Jonathan Pitre Park (accessible play structures and senior exercise equipment). Visit the project page for more information.

These features are expected to be ready for late Fall 2021.

This phase will also include the design for a snow hill, but this construction will happen a later date.

The steps in Phase 1 include:

  • Design of tennis courts, basketball courts, Jonathan Pitre Park, and a snow hill;
  • Companies bid for the construction of Phase 1 (excluding the snow hill);
  • Council provide approval of the chosen contractor;
  • Construction of the tennis courts, basketball courts, and Jonathan Pitre Park.

Phase 2 - Functional Programming and Community Consultations

Phase 2 will start in early 2021 for:

  • Public Consultations and Community Engagement;
  • Specific User Group Consultations;
  • Rendering presentation during 2nd round of consultations;
  • Surveys, geotechnical investigations, environmental reviews, traffic studies and other specialty reviews;
  • Cost Estimate of the Findings from the Consultations.

The most important part of Phase 2 will be engaging the community. We will meet with individual user groups and the public to include them in the project and address any concerns within the community.

Next, a report will summarize the community's preference and the project team’s recommendations for Council. Council will be asked to provide direction on which components of the recreation complex should move forward. This could be any combination of ice pads, aquatic center, library, theatre and any exterior features chosen. All options would include landscaping, utilities and parking to suit the facility.

Once Council provides their direction and approval, we move onto design of the recreation site and facility in Phase 3.

Phase 3 

Phase 3 will move forward with the components of the recreation facility Council approved at the end of Phase 2, after community consultation and technical environmental studies.

The current plan is to get the design and construction started in early 2022.

Phase 4 and Onward

Any future phases or additions to the site, such as soccer fields and ball fields, will follow a similar project structure that will include community engagement, cost estimates and Council approval.

Project Updates

Project Update: August 31, 2021

On August 31, 2021, the administration and the project consultants will present a report to Council which will contain operational and construction pricing of different options.

The documents and the link to join the meeting will be posted on our Calendar page once available.

Project Update: June 8, 2021

On June 8, 2021, the administration and the project consultants presented report PR-11-2021 to Council. Watch the live meeting from June 8, 2021, 6 p.m.

The report contains a project update and the presentation of two potential site plans.

Council decided to proceed with the next step which will be a presented for pricing at a Special Council meeting in August.

Project Update: May 3, 2021

On May 3, 2021, the administration and the project consultants presented report PR-04-2021 to Council. Watch the live meeting from May 3, 2021, 6 p.m.

The report contains a project update, as well as the results from the online public survey, online public consultations, and user group consultations.

View the project consultant's Presentation to Council for a summary of the results or for more detail, see Item #11 b) Recreation Complex Update (#2) - Report PR-04-2021 in the May 3, 2021, Council Agenda.


Next Steps:

  • Phase 1
    • Complete site plan review
    • Purchase playground equipment
    • Issue RFP for a general contractor
  • Phase 2
    • Complete first draft of facility schematic design
    • Begin modelling high-level operational costs

Project Update: December 8, 2020

On August 7, 2020, the Township received a response for the grant under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: Community, Culture and Recreation Stream. Our request was not accepted by the provincial government.

Despite this refusal, the Township administration continues to work on this project and explore various options in order to continue planning for this future complex.

 Project Update: August 7, 2020

The Township received a negative response for the grant under the Invest in Canada Infrastructure Program: Community, Cultural and Recreational Component. Our application was not accepted by the provincial government.

Despite this refusal, the administration continues to work on this project and to explore the various options in order to pursue the planning.

 Project Update: November 8, 2019

In August, the government announced a grant under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: Community, Culture and Recreation Stream, which offers the potential to cover up to 75% of new recreation project costs, up to $50 million in funding.

On November 8th, the Township applied for this funding to cover a significant portion of costs for the Multi-Use Recreation Complex Project. To maximize the application, the facility proposed included all amenities possible from the consultant's report to Council.

The grant must be approved in a two-tier application process; first to be approved at the provincial level and then at the federal level. The Township expects to receive a decision of approval from the Province in spring 2020, and a decision from the Federal government by the end of summer 2020.

In either scenario, the results of the application will come to Council for discussion. In the scenario that the funding for the full recreation complex facility design is not approved, Council will discuss which features (arena, pool, etc.) will be prioritized for the project. Council will also explore public engagement opportunities before a decision is made.

Project Update: August 2019

Colliers Group presented a high -level cost estimate for the future Multi-Use Recreational Center at the Special Council Meeting of August 20th 2019 (PR 24-2019).

Their report consisted of different combinations of a twin -pad/triple -pad arena, auditorium and swimming pool.

Watch the feed from the August 20th 2019 Special Council Meeting to discuss the Recreation Complex here.

Project Update: June 2019

After the administration met with three separate firms to consult the Township on this project, Council approved for the administration to work with Colliers Group as per the administration's request (PR 16-2019).

The administration will submit a new report in August 2019 to present next steps; timelines; different options/combinations of facilities; site plan; and financial strategy.