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Replacement of the Whitemud Equine Centre riding arena and stables was completed by the City of Edmonton in partnership with the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association (WELCA). This project involved removal of the old, deteriorating riding arena and stables and construction of new buildings.

Building Features
  • Barrier-free design creating an accessible facility for everyone.
  • Translucent panels (Polycarbonate) allowing diffused natural lighting to reduce glare and shadows, which is optimal for horse and rider safety and enjoyment. Allowing in natural light also lowers the facility electrical consumption.
  • Dust-free coating throughout the arena surfacing helps to reduce respiratory ailments, minimize maintenance and lower water consumption needed for cleaning.
  • Wood-burned mural on the front of the building that depicts the river valley and shares the story of this new space with a rich history. Created and installed through the City of Edmonton’s Percent for Art program in partnership with the Edmonton Arts Council, Local artists, Darcy and Tanya Klimpe.

Project Timeline

Project LIfecycle Operate

Fall 2017

New riding arena facility opened and old facilities were removed (arena, attached barn, classroom/offices)

Spring 2016 - Summer 2017
New riding arena facility construction


  • Developed concept drawings for arena replacement
  • Completed design development report based on public survey and feedback collected through consultations held in February and March 2015
Whitemud Equine Centre Site Plan and Renderings
What We Heard (April 2015)
  • Developed an environmental impact assessment and studies on traffic and parking impacts, site location, and an updated geotechnical study
  • Developed detailed design, and City Council approved the environmental studies and presentation to Edmonton Design Committee
2011 - 2014
  • WELCA engaged in fundraising, concept design, public involvement, required land studies
  • WELCA and City staff collaborated to develop phased approach to project, consultant developed new concept and operating plan
  • City Council directed Administration to confirm scope and budget of the project considering available funds
  • City Council approved project with revised scope and budget
2008 - 2011

WELCA’s submitted to the City of Edmonton for a $16 million replacement project including business case, current facility assessments, fundraising plan, stakeholder consultation, concept plans and alternatives

Project Overview

City Council and WELCA approved the Whitemud Equine Centre Riding Arena Replacement Project in 2015. This project involved rebuilding infrastructure on site crucial to operations and supports WELCA to continue offering equine-related opportunities for the citizens of Edmonton.

This redevelopment project included construction of:

  • Indoor riding ring
  • Stables with horse stalls for educational opportunities
  • Two large tack rooms
  • Teaching spaces
  • Multi-purpose room
  • Indoor public washrooms
  • Upgrades to gravel access road and utilities

WELCA and the City of Edmonton worked together to engage the public and members of the facility during development of the concept and design for this new riding arena through public meetings, stakeholder workshops, surveys, presentations and ongoing project updates.

Since 1999, WELCA has been connecting people to horses and other equine-related activities, along with providing programs to approximately 1,000 visitors each week. For more than 40 years, the centre has also been the home of the Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Program for persons with disabilities.

The old arena was demolished following completion of the new facility to allow WELCA to continue offering its programs throughout construction.

The City of Edmonton will continue annual structural assessments and ensure the current facility is maintained to ensure the safety of everyone onsite.

For More Information

Facility Infrastructure Delivery

13th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW Edmonton
T5J 0J4


In Edmonton : 311

Outside Edmonton : 780-442-5311


Information about the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association (WELCA):




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