Report to the Community 2020-22

Campus & Community Recreation supports the U of A and Edmonton community to explore and enhance their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being through physical and social activity. The power of recreation supports these needs with a focus on mental health, student leadership, work integrated learning, social connection and being a community asset.

Campus & Community Recreation has the breadth and depth of activities to enhance the experience of students, staff and community members alike. Members can enjoy group or individual exercise, recreational or elite sport training, physical assessments for healthy living or work and a range of ethnic and cultural dance.

World-class facilities
750K sq. ft.
of facility space on two campuses
Hours instructed in fitness classes/term
Group fitness leaders

 Anna Steenwinkle stands in front of the climbing wall at the Wilson Climbing Centre

Reaching new heights for community

Recreation is an important element to life, no matter your age, and it comes in so many forms that you can always find an activity that you enjoy. Anna Steenwinkle shares her experience in climbing, which started before university but has stuck with her since.

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Drop-in visits to the Wilson Climbing Centre
Youth learning to climb in climbing programs
Adults learning to climb in climbing programs

 Shane and Dani Martin in the powerlifting area of the Hanson Fitness & Lifestyle Centre

Find your new passion - and partner!

Programming offered by Campus & Community Recreation is a great way to find yourself, but it may also be where you meet your significant other. Dani and Shane Martin share how they met while each pursuing their passion for powerlifting.

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Student-led clubs
U of A students participating in clubs

Christine Park participates in one of Campus & Community Recreations virtual fitness classes

Adaptable in a changing world

Recreation is important for the mental and physical health of the U of A community, and it only became more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Christine Park and Marianne Howell share how virtual fitness classes offered them a convenient and fun way to stay active.

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Virtual classes booked in the Hanson Fitness & Lifestyle Centre from April 1, 2020-July 31, 2021
Individuals exercised in virtual classes on a weekly basis
Activity web sessions annually


Offering purposeful student opportunities

Campus & Community Recreation offers students leadership opportunities that build practical skills in support of their future career paths. Cameron Jones shares his experience and the ways it has impacted his education.

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Students gained valuable career experience with a CCR student employment position

The Universiade Pavilon (Butterdome) has served as an important community asset to Albertans

A reliable support for the community

Campus & Community Recreation offers more than just recreational programming. Sport and recreation facilities are an asset to the community that serve multiple needs. The Universiade Pavilion (Butterdome) plays a pivotal role in serving the community, such as transforming into an assessment and treatment centre and an alternate care centre for Alberta Health Services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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patients treated

Programming quick facts

3,500 skates 

were laced up this year to participate in ice skating lessons and drop-in skating programs

12,288 curling stones 

thrown weekly in the Saville Community Sports Centre curling leagues

500 individuals 

learned new martial arts techniques on a weekly basis

4,100 km traveled annually by the Zamboni   

to clean the ice  (the distance between Edmonton and Thunder Bay!)

19 million soccer balls, rugby balls and footballs

would be required to fill the Universiade Pavilion (Butterdome)

6,000 used tennis balls 

donated to local schools in Edmonton and area

1,500 adults and youth 

are introduced to tennis annually through programs

300 individuals 

learned new dance moves weekly

28,000 km traveled annually on the outdoor track 

 (that’s the distance from the west coast of Canada to the east coast… and back!)