Why is the new Seaton Recreation Complex & Library needed?

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

    The need for a new recreation complex to support this growth was identified int he 2017 Recreation and Parks Master Plan and the 2023 Library Facilities Plan. 

    The new amenities to be included in the Complex will be based on feedback received from over 3,000 individuals who participated in the community consultation for the development of the Recreation & Parks Master Plan.

    Where will the Seaton Recreation Complex & Library be located?

    The Seaton Recreation Complex & Library will be located at the southeast corner of the re-aligned Whitevale Road (future Alexander Knox) and 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 expected to begin in Spring 2026 and is anticipated to open in Spring 2029.

    Is the new Complex going to be environmentally friendly?

    The Seaton Recreation Complex & 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 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. 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 or 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. 

    What kind of library services will be available in the complex?

    The Seaton Library branch will offer library services that matter to the community. The community will find spaces that encourage play and learning for children, a dedicated teen area that centers around social connection, wellness and exploring interests, quiet spaces, as well as collaborative rooms for work and study, and emerging technology spaces for all ages. There will also be core library services such as computers, printing, free WIFI and diverse materials to borrow from the collections.