South End Community Centre

Entrance courtyard. Artist’s rendering. Subject to change.

Connected, resilient, and healthy communities depend on community spaces that facilitate recreation and social gathering.

Guelph’s fast-growing south end is escalating the community’s need for a multi-use community centre—a facility that will address immediate and future recreation demand and gaps throughout the city.

The proposed 150,000-square-foot community centre will feature the following:

  • twin pad arena
  • aquatic complex
  • double gym
  • multi-use program and meeting space
  • indoor walking track and warm up area

The facility will also be designed to meet the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard.

With the support of City Council, the City has retained a consultant to move program requirements through to detail design. A full construction costing and operating plan for the facility is being developed. This plan will include details on carbon neutral amenities to meet Council’s net zero commitment. A full report to Council for their consideration is expected in spring 2020.

Identified need

New recreational infrastructure is needed to serve Guelph’s growing population in the south end (lands south of Stone Road). Guelph’s population is 132,000 and about one-quarter of residents live in the city’s south end—an area that has seen steady residential and commercial growth since the early 2000s. This trend is expected to continue as the secondary plan for the Clair-Maltby area—the last unplanned 520 hectares of greenfield land in Guelph—moves forward. At least 15,000 people will call this area home when it is fully built out.

Currently, residents in the city’s south end are, on average, about a 20-minute car ride from existing municipal recreation facilities. This distance will continue to increase as the Clair-Maltby area is developed.

In 2014, a detailed recreation facility needs assessment and feasibility study was completed—confirming that a multi-use facility remains a priority. City Council endorsed the recommended size, scope, and location of the South End Community Centre. The community centre is to be built on existing City-owned lands immediately south of Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School on Poppy Drive. The approved site is part of a City-owned park and close to a well-travelled transit route.


Recreational infrastructure strengthens our community and builds a better quality of life. It further serves as a visitor destination—contributing to the local economy.

The South End Community Centre will provide programs to:

  • improve access to recreational and municipal services in an underserviced area of the city;
  • enhance the physical and mental health of its patrons of all ages;
  • provide flexibility to accommodate citywide needs of changing social demographics among youth and older adults; and
  • contribute to provincial healthcare cost savings.

These and more evidence-based benefits of municipal recreation and parks services are well documented. Overall, access to recreation facilities is a vital contributor to community well-being (Use of Benefits of Local Government Recreation and Parks Service: An Ontario Perspective/2009 Parks and Recreation Ontario).

Quarterly updates





South End Community Centre Update, June 2018 (Page 5)

Staff Report (June 2014)

Recreation Facility Needs Assessment, Feasibility Study and Implementation Strategy: Phase 5 Feasibility Assessment (May 2014)

For more information

Heather Flaherty
General Manager, Parks and Recreation
519-822-1260 extension 2664
[email protected]