The new classroom building at the Glenmore Sailing School in Calgary has been completed and will open in June.
South Glenmore Park is home to the 2,430-square-foot facility, which includes instruction space, change rooms, washrooms and storage space for equipment.
Construction on the facility, which is located by the Glenmore Reservoir, began in October and wrapped up this month. The classroom cost $1.67 million, of which $1.1 million came from the province and the remaining $550,000 from the city.
It will open for the summer on June 14, with canoe, kayak and sailboat rentals available, based on public health restrictions.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi says it’s the largest sailing school in the country, with more than 14,000 students. It accounts for more than 65 per cent of all sailing activity in the province.
City council approved the project two years ago as part of the 2019-2022 service plans and budgets.
“Investing in public recreation is really important to the city because it allows us to offer high quality but also accessible and affordable recreational opportunities for all Calgarians,” Nenshi said.
Ric McIver, Alberta’s minister of transportation, said the province was pleased “to help municipalities like Calgary with their priorities, because the municipalities know very well what their local priorities are.”
Both the mayor and minister mentioned the fact the project came in on time and on budget.
The school’s original classroom was built in 1966. A trailer was added for more space in 1981, but was decommissioned due to age in 2017.