SLS Family Sports Centre was built by community.
In 2001, a group of dedicated community volunteers, in partnership with the Town of Cochrane & Rocky View County and hundreds of generous donors, achieved the dream of building a new hockey arena and indoor turf in Cochrane. The commitment and contributions of those supporters resulted in SLS Family Sports Centre; a facility that is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people each year.
In 2004 spearheaded by the Society, the field house was added; indoor turf, double gymnasium, 3 lane track along with the 3rd party U of C gymnastics centre and Lifestyles Fitness Centre. The Society also took over managing the Original Cochrane Arena, built in 1974, and in 2005, did $500,000 in upgrades to the 'plant'.
In 2009, SLS Family Sports Centre conducted its first major expansion adding an additional 2 hockey arenas. In 2017, another major expansion took place adding a curling and aquatic centre. These expanded and new spaces will serve its communities for years to come.
On behalf of the ‘Owners’, the Town of Cochrane and Rocky View County, the Spray Lake Sawmills Recreation Park Society manages and operates the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre and the Cochrane Arena. Spray Lake Sawmills Recreation Park Society is a not-for-profit organization and registered charity.
To deliver a self-sustaining environment which champions the physical and social well-being of our community.
We inspire and provide opportunities to enhance the well-being of our community.
Our Core Values
Safety, Integrity, Inclusive, Customer-focused, Accountable, Engaged, Fun
'Safety' means taking responsibility for minimizing risk of injury, danger, or loss.
'Integrity' means being honest, fair, truthful and trustworthy.
'Inclusive' means accepting and valuing people.
'Customer-focused' means valuing our customers and their experience
'Accountable' means taking ownership for your role and yourself, and actively seeking opportunities to improve.
'Engaged' means active participation in driving the Vision and Misson forward
'Fun' means enjoying coming to work, engaging positively with our customers and supporting our cross-functional team environment.
Our Leadership Team
Long Term Staff Awards
In 2020, SLSFSC is celebrating it’s 19th Anniversary. Built in 4 phases in 2001, 2011, 2014, and 2017, SLSFSC has gone through a tremendous amount of change, and we are grateful to our long-term employees who have been a driving part of that change.
As we recognize long-term employees who (at the end of 2019) hit their 5-year or 10-year mark (or more), we extend a genuine “Thank You” for their service and commitment to making our facility the best possible place, and for making a huge impact on our guests and the Cochrane community.
DJ Ulriksen (Aquatic Supervisor) – 10 years of service - DJ's tenure includes her service at the “old pool” prior to 2017 and several different job titles throughout, with thanks for her leadership and adaptability over the last few years.
Paddy Maclure (Arenas Supervisor) – 10 years of service - Paddy is recognized for his leadership and passion for operating our physical facility, and specifically the arenas and our hockey/skating events.
Jessie Jacobs (Fitness & Wellness Supervisor) – 10 years of service - Jessie is recognized for her leadership of our fitness programming, which includes her service at the “old fitness centre” previously located within our facility as a tenant (2008-2015), with thanks for her continual drive for growing our fitness program offerings.
Ali Leskow (Aquatic Team Lead, Lifeguard, Instructor) – 5 years of service - this includes her service at the “old pool” prior to 2017, with thanks for her commitment to safety and the guest experience.
Leah Hampson (Guest Services Representative) – 5 years of service – Leah is recognized for her enthusiastic, welcoming, and professional approach with our guests, and as a role model for others.
Patrick Watt (Arena Attendant) – 5 years of service – Patrick is recognized for his dedication to anything related to our arenas, having supported the operations in various roles in the SLSFSC Arenas, Cochrane Arena, and our Skate Shop.
Jessica Brolsma (Aquatic Lifeguard, Instructor, WSIT) - 5 years of service - this includes her service at the “old pool” prior to 2017, with thanks for her commitment to safety and teaching excellence, particularly as a trainer for new Swim Instructors.
We also continue to recognize an employee who has been with our facility for more than 10 years, showing an unbelievable commitment to creating value for our community members: Brian Boynton (12 years; Operations/Maintenance Supervisor)
SLSFSC could not be what it is today without our amazing team members. To those who are celebrating a long service milestone, what each of you has done is nothing less than a mark of passion, dedication and perseverance, which should set as a model for others. The Management at SLSFSC sincerely appreciates your commitment and endurance, as we know it has been a long journey full of both challenges and opportunities. Thank you for your time and contributions to develop this company and transform it into what it is today.
Due to the closure of our facility, we were forced to postpone our staff Service Award event… but we look forward to celebrating these achievements upon reopening!
Scholarship & Subsidies
Canadian Tire Jumpstart
SLS Family Sports Centre has teamed up with Canadian Tire Jumpstart (Cochrane Chapter), to provide financially disadvantaged children living in Cochrane, with the opportunity to participate in sport and recreation programs at our facility.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart funding is set to $150 per submission. Funding amounts are subject to change based on demand and fund availability.
Funding can be used for; a SLS Family Sports Centre registered program that is either a minimum of 5 weeks in length with a minimum of one session per week or a Fit Kid Summer Sport Camps (must be 5 consecutive days).
Spray Lake Sawmills Recreation Park Society is governed by a Board of Volunteer Directors made up of active citizens and stakeholders in the community