City of Lethbridge celebrates recreation facilities partnership with the University of Lethbridge

Lethbridge, Alberta – Today City Council celebrated the success of a healthy partnership with the University of Lethbridge through an update from the University on the community use of the recreation facilities operated by the University of Lethbridge.

“I am pleased to be before council today to present them with information on the partnership we have,” says Deb Marek, Facilities & Services Manager at the University of Lethbridge.  “We are proud to report that residents’ use of these facilities is high.”

The University of Lethbridge operates and maintains the Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre, the 1st Choice Savings Centre and the Community Sports Stadium.  All facilities received a portion of their construction funding from the City of Lethbridge, with the City continuing to contribute $30,000 dollars annually towards the operation of the Stadium.  This partnership offers state-of-the-art venues to residents.

 In the last year:

  • The Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre was regularly used by a variety of community groups and   78,000 overall visits to the pool.
  • The 1st Choice Savings Centre had 149,500 community pass holder visits (45% of the total) and 4,685 community members with a pass (47% of the total). With an additional 15,500 drop-in community users, and more than 11,000 registrants of all ages in the recreation programs. 
  • The Community Sports Stadium had over 200 hours of football bookings and over 100 hours of community track practice. In the future it will be hosting the Canada West Rugby Championships, the 2011 Canada Cup of Football and the 2010 Alberta Summer Games.

The City of Lethbridge has developed unique partnerships with a number of institutions in the city.  In addition to a successful 25 year relationship with the University of Lethbridge, partnerships on other recreation facilities continue to provide recreation opportunities to residents across the city. These partnerships include the Lethbridge Soccer Association, a partnership with the Lethbridge Hurricanes on the ENMAX Centre, a partnership with schools for community access to their recreation facilities, and an upcoming partnership with the University of Lethbridge on the Community Arts Centre.

“Partnerships allow us to provide high quality recreation opportunities to residents of our community,” says Ashley Matthews, Manager Recreation and Culture.

For more information contact:

Ashley Matthews, Manager, Recreation and Culture                                                                                             
City of Lethbridge                                                                                                                                                              

Deb Marek, Manger, Facilities & Services
University of Lethbridge