Preliminary look at multi-sport facility

Members of the Alberta Community Partnership (ACP) Grant committee met for the first time on Tues. May 19.

This provincial grant has allowed seven members of the community including four councillors – two from Coronation and two from the County of Paintearth – to explore the idea of a sportsplex for the Paintearth area and outward.

The ACP grant covers the design and engineering work needed to put in before construction.

Since Paintearth and Coronation will not be able to fund the entire build, major grant funding is still needed.

“We’re waiting on more things like provincial and federal funding and meetings way before we can even design to know what will go in there type of thing,” said Blaine Brigley, chair of the committee.

“If that goes through, I see it as a high probability as long as we can keep from taxing the people,” he said.

At both the Coronation council meeting on Mon. May 25 and the County of Paintearth meeting on Tues. June 2, councillors who sit on the committee spoke about some of the details – what could possibly go into the facility, gauging what everyone felt needed to be included.

The committee emphasized the need to be attentive to the total overall cost of the new facility and the need for it to be a 365-day use building that should provide multiple services.

The number one priority they identified was a new hockey arena, the second was a restaurant to feed people from out of town while also providing healthy options for anyone visiting the centre. And the third was a curling rink or small meeting rooms.

Chair of the Committee is Blaine Brigley and Vice-Chair is Kevin Thornton.

Then with the following appointed members of council and administration included Coronation Mayor Mark Stannard, Coun. Diane Elliott, Coun. Brett Alderdice and Coun. Dale Norton.

Coronation Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Quinton Flint is the Recreation Representative.

One of the committee’s main priorities for the future of this process is collecting feedback from the community to understand what is most needed and valued from their perspective.

“We want to include as many people from the community as possible while ensuring a max of $5 million,” said CAO Flint. “We want to keep under as much as possible.”

He added, “It wouldn’t hurt to talk with the community. We don’t want to be the know-it-alls. We are just volunteers. This is something the community is going to be proud of at the end of the day and not an eyesore.”

“We’re waiting to hear more before we take it to the public,” said Brigley.


Terri Huxley

ECA Review

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Terri Huxley

Terri grew up on a grain farm near Drumheller, Alberta with an eye for the beautiful and uncharted. Living in such a unique and diverse area has helped her become the photographer and reporter she is today.

Coming from the East Central region getting this newspaper on her dinner table growing up, it helped her understand the community she now serves.

In May 2019, Terri was awarded Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) Canada's Energy Citizens Photographic Awards Sports Action – First Place as well as first for the same sports action image nationally with the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA). Fast forward to 2020, she has won second in the same category for the AWNA.