Report to the Community 2022-23

Letter from the Director

2022-2023 was a year of inspiring and empowering exceptional life experiences through recreation, sport and wellness at the University of Alberta under the leadership of Cheryl Harwardt. In March of 2023, Cheryl Harwardt retired from being Director after a long career in Campus & Community Recreation.

I was appointed as the new Director in January 2023. I have a long history at the U of A starting with my undergrad in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation and continued work in U of A sport and recreation settings for the past 17 years.

I want to thank Cheryl Harwardt for her leadership of CCR over the past several years. Cheryl set CCR up for many successes and I am excited to start this new journey and continue the strong dedication to supporting our communities. In CCR, we are passionate about providing opportunities for our communities to experience health and wellness. We do this by providing facilities, services and activities to encourage human connection and enhance the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and community members. As I begin this new exciting opportunity, I look forward to supporting CCR’s existing initiatives and creating exciting new opportunities in the years ahead.

Christine Legault
Director, Campus & Community Recreation

Stories about Campus & Community Recreation

1983 World University Games

The summer the world came to North Campus

Look back at the 1983 World University Games, then known as the Summer Universiade, in celebration of the Butterdome’s 40th anniversary.

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The year the Universiade Pavilion was built
64,000 sq. ft.
Of multi-purpose indoor recreation space
Capacity for visitors in the two-level bleacher seating


A year in the life of the Butterdome 

You're familiar with its golden-hued walls, but the Butterdome is so much more than just a building; it's a facility that facilitates community.

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Community events
Number of desks during exams

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

Breaking ground on the South Campus Tennis Centre

A new tennis facility is planned for South Campus to enrich year-round recreation and sport opportunities for our varsity programs and the wider community.

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Tennis balls donated to schools, physio clinics and animal rescue groups
First junior player
To play in the main draw of the Junior Australian Open in January 2022
Tennis courts on our campuses

People on fitness equipment, Hanson Fitness and Lifestyle Centre

Life-saving skills: Elevating health and safety across our campus communities

Committing to a culture of care CPR and Standard First Aid certification.

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People received CPR certification
People received Standard First Aid certification
People became certified lifeguards

Person rock climbing

Journey to Fitness

Iman shares how rock climbing and bouldering helped her get out of a workout rut.

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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

Group of students

Making a splash with CCR

Liam Scorrar shares how working as an instructor in the Aquatics Centre helped him develop a strong foundation for his approach in the classroom as a teacher.

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Students gained valuable career experience with a CCR student employment position
Student leader volunteers for the Recreation Advisory Committee
Members in the Student Volunteer Network

RBC Training Ground

RBC Training Ground

The RBC Training Grounds returned to the U of A to offer young Edmontonians an opportunity to see if they might be suited for an Olympic sport.

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Age range of Edmontonians participating in the training grounds
Participants in the training grounds
Sports being evaluated by talent scouts

Fast facts

37 world-class facilities

span over 750,000 square feet across two campuses

503,718 drop-in visits 

to the Hanson Fitness & Lifestyle Centre

3,900+ km walked on the treadmill desks 

(that's further than the distance from Edmonton to Montreal!)

11,000 participants   

in 23 unique intramural leagues and special event types 

1,363 hours of group fitness classes

taught by 60 group fitness leaders 

3,000+ U of A students

participating in clubs 

424 individuals

joined a Saville Community Sports Centre curling league

173 canvases 

were painted at Really Big Paint Night

574 individuals pulled an active all-nighter 

at the annual Red Eye competition

285 participants dropped into the Board Game Den 

which opened in January 2023

709 kids total learned new skills 

in REC Mix summer camp and made a splash in Aquatics camp

22 Student-led clubs 

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!)