Who We Are
The Al Ritchie Community Association (ARCA) is a registered charity and non-profit organization that has been actively advocating on behalf of the Al Ritchie community since 1987. We began as a small organization who managed recreational programming for the residents of Al Ritchie. After 30 years, we have grown to include social programming, services, food security initiatives, community events and referrals to other agencies and organizations in Regina.
The neighbourhood was named in recognition of Alvin (Al) Ritchie, one of Regina’s most important sportsmen. Al Ritchie was a booster of amateur sports in the city. He has been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, the CFL Hall of Fame and the Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honour. A street and a number of facilities within the neighbourhood also have been named in recognition of Al Ritchie.
ARCA works hard to find funding, including grants, sponsorships, partnership and local business involvement to be able to provide and meet the demands of the Al Ritchie community. Priorities, goals and activities are determined through interaction with the community at meetings, established programs, events and direct contact with our staff and volunteer board. ARCA operates with the philosophy that residents know what kind of programming they need and want.
A number of community resources, services and amenities in close proximity to each other serve as the primary gathering place and hub of the community. This neighbourhood hub is made up of the Core Ritchie Neighbourhood Centre, the Regina Public Library Prince of Wales Branch, the Al Ritchie Family Wellness Centre, the Al Ritchie Community Association, the Al Ritchie Arena, the Second Chance Community Shop, the Free Community Pantry, tennis courts, a boarded skating rink, and the accessible playground and spray park.
The Al Ritchie Community Association also operates the Al Ritchie Family Wellness Centre, the Second Chance Community Shop, the Free Community Pantry, manages two community gardens and provides hours of daily programming out of their space in the neighbourhood hub.
What We Stand For
Our mission is to empower and uplift our community by providing a variety of programs, resources, services and supports. Through collaborative efforts and a commitment to equity and inclusivity, we strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for all. We aim to foster social connection, promote education and skill building, eliminate barriers to accessing basic needs, and advocate for systematic change that promotes justice and equality for all. By working together, we believe that we can build a stronger, more resilient community that supports the well-being and prosperity of all its members.
Building a more vibrant, diverse, safe, inviting, beautiful and inclusive community for all.
Inclusion | Transparency | Diversity Integrity | Sustainability | Respect
Where to Find Us
The Al Ritchie neighbourhood is bordered by the industrial lands and Dewdney East to the north of Victoria Avenue, the Boot Hill, Douglas Park neighbourhood and Wascana Centre to the south of Broadway and 19th Avenue, the Arcola East neighbourhood to the east of the Highway 1 Bypass and the Heritage and Gladmer Park neighbourhoods to the west of Winnipeg Street. The following are located within the Al Ritchie neighbourhood boundaries: Arnheim Place; Assiniboia Place; Broders Annex; Glen Elm Park South and a section of Assiniboia East.