The City of Pickering is working to design the new Seaton Recreation Complex & Library, to help meet both the immediate and future needs of Pickering's growing community. 

The new facility will be located at the re-aligned Whitevale Road (future Alexander Knox) & Sideline 24 (future Burkholder Drive).

Seaton Recreation Complex & Library will be Pickering’s first multipurpose recreation complex built in Pickering since the Pickering Recreation Complex (now the Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex) opened in 1983.

The Recreation & Parks Master Plan (2017) recommended the following program amenities for the facility, including: 

  • 25 metre, 6 lane indoor pool with a separate warm water leisure tank
  • Fitness centre with a group fitness studio
  • Full-size double gymnasium 
  • Walking track
  • Dedicated youth & seniors spaces
  • Multi-purpose rooms 
  • Library branch with a full suite of services 

The introduction of an arena with ice pads that would support a range of ice sports in this facility is subject to an Arena Study that is expected to be completed in February 2024.

The final program amenities will be guided by the Recreation & Parks Master Plan that is being completed in 2024. 

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Timeline

January 2024

  • Report to Council: Capital Project Priorities - Council identified the Seaton Recreation Complex & Library as the City's highest capital budget priority.
  • Issue RFP for pre-qualification of consultant team.

March 2024

  • Formal launch of project.

April 2024

  • Visioning exercises with key stakeholder groups, City Council, and City Staff.
  • Report to Council: Draft Recreation & Parks Master Plan (April 22, 2024).

May 2024

  • Report to Council: Approval of consultant for design of the Seaton Recreation Complex & Library.

June to September 2024

  • Develop functional program and prepare three design concepts.

October 2024

  • Community engagement on the three proposed design concepts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the new Seaton Recreation Complex & Library needed?

Pickering is a rapidly growing community currently in transformation.  By 2042, Pickering’s population is expected to grow to 185,044 – growth of 85% (Envision Durham, Official Plan), making the community one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario.

The need for a new recreation complex to support this growth was identified in the 2017 Recreation and Parks Master Plan.

The new amenities that will be included in the Complex will be based on feedback received from over 3,000 persons who were consulted for the development of the Recreation and Parks – 10 Year Plan in 2023. Consultation included 20 sports and recreation organizations representing over 5,500 members.

Where will the Seaton Recreation Complex & Library be located?

The new Complex will be located at the southeast corner of  the re-aligned Whitevale Road (future Alexander Knox) & Sideline 24 (future Burkholder Drive).

How big is the land where the complex is being built?

The property is approximately 25 acres, which is about the area of about 19 football fields.

When is construction expected to begin?

Construction is anticipated to begin in Spring, 2026 and will take approximately 24 months to complete. The building is anticipated to be open to the public in Spring, 2028.

Is the new Complex going to be environmentally friendly?

The Seaton Recreation Complex and Library will be targeting Net-Zero Carbon Design standards, as set out by the Canadian Green Building Council, as a basis of design.  

Will the building be designed to meet current accessibility standards?

Yes, the building design will meet or exceed the requirements of the Ontario Building Code (OBC) and Ontario with Disabilities Act (AODA). The City of Pickering’s Accessibility Advisory Committee will be consulted at various stages of the design for review and input.

Will the Complex include greenspace and outdoor amenities?

Yes. The full extent of outdoor amenities will depend on the portion of lands required to accommodate indoor uses, remaining balance of available lands on the site and be subject to feedback from stakeholders and public consultation.