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East of the Red Recreation Plex Feasibility Study and Business Plan

About This Report

The East of the Red Recreation Complex Feasibility Study outlines the feasibility of addressing a growing public request for contemporary aquatic and recreation facilities in Winnipeg.

The Feasibility Study and Business Plan were completed in April 2018 by Gibbs Gage Architects and David Hewko Planning & Design.

Project Cost

The final anticipated cost outlined in the report is approximately $70 million based on a 2022 construction year. Funds are not currently allocated to this project, but the costing provides an idea of the funding that would be required to proceed. Further exploration of the building design, costs and business plan are required prior to any request for capital funding for construction.

Project Location

With the recent construction of the new Transcona Library, this site shows potential to become a community recreation hub featuring many amenities. The Recreation, Leisure and Library Facilities Policy recommends co-locating facilities to provide customers with a contemporary recreation experience where they can enjoy several activities at one site.

The original vision for the former City of Winnipeg East District Public Works Yard includes a new Transcona Library (currently under construction), future rapid transit stations for the eastern rapid transit corridor, and a Regional Recreation and Indoor Aquatic Facility (addressed by this plan).

Start Date

Funds are not currently allocated to this project. Future exploration of the building design, costs, and business plan are required prior to any request for capital funding for construction.


On October 17, 2017 the East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee passed a motion to approve funds to commission a feasibility study to investigate building a new recreation complex adjacent to the new Transcona Library.

This feasibility study and business plan build on the 2005 Council-adopted Recreation, Leisure, and Library Facilities Policy (RLLF), which speaks to the existing inventory of indoor pools being converted or rationalized into Urban Oases (Leisure Pools) to provide multi-faceted aquatic centres that combine the benefits of a traditional lap pool with a recreational leisure pool.

The City’s inventory of indoor pools are generally 40 to 60-year old lap pools that are in need of significant investment, and do not meet contemporary aquatic facility service needs. There is a lack of City-run recreation space on the east side of the city, making this an ideal study area.

The recent success of the Transcona Aquatic Park has led to increased public demand to provide contemporary year-round recreation and aquatic facilities in Winnipeg.

The RLLF policy recommends co-locating facilities to create multi-use, multi-generational destinations, and this plan investigates adding a recreation and aquatic programming space to the new library to achieve that vision.

The East of the Red Recreation Plex Final Report outlines the feasibility and cost associated with addressing these recreation gaps through building a new aquatics and recreation complex.

For More Information

Additional project information will be displayed and distributed at the Transcona Library.


Last update: October 24, 2019