Centre in the Park

With a population exceeding 60,000, Sherwood Park is the power centre of Strathcona County.

However, the community has not had a distinguishable downtown until the conceptualization of Centre in the Park. The award-winning Strathcona County Administration Building, designed by Arthur Erickson, and the Festival Place Arts Centre bookend the high‐density, mixed‐use CITP project. The CITP precinct also has located around its periphery the Fire Station #1, Aquatic Centre, Recreation Centre‐Arena, 2 high schools, a regional shopping centre, and the municipal Broadmoor Golf Club. The CITP project was partly funded by the Infrastructure Canada Alberta Program (ICAP) and incorporated the County’s low-impact development initiatives such as district energy and irrigation supplied from stormwater. ion prepared the CITP Irrigation Master Plan to incorporate high‐efficiency irrigation using stormwater from nearby Broadmoor Lake for several phases of development: street trees and flower baskets, promenades, Festival Place Park, Salisbury High School sports fields, and the Administration‐ Central Library landscaping.

ion planned the mainlines and central control schematic layouts; phased the required work; provided construction cost estimates by phase and presented life‐cycle cost savings comparing non‐potable irrigation infrastructure capital cost premiums versus the opportunity costs of potable water. The simple payback is approximately 5 years after which Strathcona County will benefit by $120,000 (2010 rates) annually. An existing pumphouse located on Broadmoor Lake that was abandoned in 2004 when the golf club renovated was retrofitted with new secondary electrical, a 7.5hp VFD irrigation pump, a sand media filter, Rain Bird CCU, and a tipping rain counter. Upon completion, the CITP irrigation central control network will manage the Prairie Walk water feature, 3 pumps, 5 ESP‐SAT controllers, 5 master valves, and 5 flow sensors.

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