Many companies talk the talk about the importance of community. Some companies walk the walk.
The Brookfield Residential YMCA, currently under construction in Seton, will not only be a 330,000-square-foot state-of-the-art recreation facility, it will be the latest dynamic example of committed Calgary businesses boosting the community.
With Brookfield’s $3.5-million support, the Brookfield Residential YMCA represents an exceptional example of giving back to the Calgary community
“One of Brookfield Residential’s core values is community,” says the enthusiastic Trent Edwards, COO for Brookfield Residential Alberta. “It is also a cornerstone of Brookfield Residential Seton community vision. It’s a good example of helping connect residents with neighbours and helping build a community that empowers a better life.
“Seton is developed to be the heart of the south, equipped with all the facets of a modern urban core. The facility will provide attractive amenities and empower area families to enjoy a better life.”
As the millions of details come together for the 2019 opening, Seton’s Brookfield Residential YMCA will feature meticulously planned and vital community amenities: a 50-metre, 10-lane competition pool with dive towers; an elaborate leisure pool with a play structure, water slides, a surf simulator, hot tubs and steam rooms; two NHL-sized rinks; three full-sized gyms; a three-lane, 200-metre indoor track; two multipurpose fitness studios; a 250-seat performance theatre; and two unique outdoor “sparking lots” – curved cement structures serving a dual purpose for parking and street hockey rinks.
“We believe that when we make a positive contribution to the quality of life and well-being of members in the community,” Edwards adds, “it benefits many generations to come and in turn benefits the communities that we build.”
In many significant ways, the Brookfield Residential YMCA will set a recreation benchmark for contemporary Calgary families.
“Calgary communities are changing. The role of the Y is constantly changing. The Y has always been known as a healthy centre of community,” explains Ken Lima-Coelho, vice president of community engagement for the Calgary YMCA. “We provide opportunities for all ages and abilities and financial backgrounds to participate in our programs and services which are designed to help develop a healthy spirit, mind and body, and to ultimately build healthy communities.
“Through an involved needs assessment, the City of Calgary determined that the growing southeast communities were in need of a multifaceted recreational facility as well as a competitive aquatic facility for Calgary’s amateur sport community.”
Since Brookfield is celebrating its 60th year in business as one of North America’s leading land developers and homebuilders, it is adding a personalized, special touch to the exciting grand opening. “We will also give away 60 memberships to 60 Calgary-area children, to underscore the importance for children to get at least an hour of exercise and play that their bodies need each day, creating the base for a healthy future,” says Edwards.
“After all, this is all about encouraging healthy living, promoting strong community connections and providing access to lifelong amenities that support health and vitality for generations to come.”
The Y’s Lima-Coelho emphasizes that corporate support means so much more than “writing a cheque.”
“Having corporate support from organizations like Brookfield Residential makes it possible for Calgarians to be healthy – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.”