April 16, 2024

Final Design for YCE Multiplex

Town of Edson and Yellowhead County Approve Final Design for YCE Multiplex
Construction set to begin on new recreation facility in Summer 2024, including an arena,
swimming pool, a curling rink, a gymnasium and more.
A joint initiative between the Town of Edson and Yellowhead County is one step closer to becoming a regional
staple, with schematic designs for the YCE Multiplex officially approved. With the innovative design given the
thumbs-up, a four-phase construction plan is in the books and work is ready to begin this summer.
The initial phase of construction focuses on the continued use of the existing Edson and District Leisure Centre
– a unique step advocated by both municipalities. Public parking and building access will be planned and
managed during construction, working around existing amenities and various project activities. This will ensure
residents’ have access to recreational opportunities throughout the entire project.
“Edson Town Council is excited to get to this stage of the project. We are no longer talking about it;
we’re actually doing it. This investment will make our region more desirable for those looking to move
here, and will enhance the wellness of existing residents with expanded recreation opportunities. We
thank Yellowhead County for being at the table as an equal partner in this regional facility.”
Mayor Kevin Zahara, Town of Edson
Phase 2 of the project will include the construction of a new ice arena and an aquatics area, including lane and
leisure swimming, scheduled for completion in Spring 2026.
Phase 3 will incorporate the construction of a new lobby and a gymnasium that includes an elevated walking
track and Phase 4 will see renovations to the current Centennial Arena and the conversion of the Memorial
Arena to a new curling facility.
The project is expected to be completed by Summer 2027.
“The new YCE Multiplex will be a fantastic space for year-round indoor recreation for residents of all
ages, from young families to seniors and every age in between. The upgrades and new amenities will
be well-used, and it will be a facility that we can take pride in. We’re happy we can give new life to this
well-utilized centre in our community and the results show the benefit of being able to work in
partnership with the Town of Edson towards this common goal. It will be a welcome addition for our
residents and a draw to anyone moving to our region, now and for years to come.”
Mayor Wade Williams, Yellowhead County
This new, modern facility is expected to be a major benefit to the community and to the region. It will provide
increased recreational space and enhance the quality of life for Town and County residents while serving as a
central hub for community gatherings, sports activities, cultural events, and more.
The new YCE Multiplex is estimated to cost $80.2 million, including $20 million provided through the federal
Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program grant. The remaining funds will be shared evenly between the Town
and County, in what is truly a unique partnership developed for the betterment of the entire region.
The Town of Edson and Yellowhead County look forward to the continued support and enthusiasm of residents
as they witness the transformation of this landmark project.
More information is available by visiting www.edson.ca/YCE.