December 11, 2017
Blackfalds town council will look at approving design dollars in upcoming budget talks for its plan to twin the local arena.
A proposed amount of $750,000 would go towards architectural design of the dual ice surface project.
Mayor Richard Poole explains a second rink was originally identified in the 2016 recreation master plan.
“There is a terrific need for ice time. Right now our facility is pretty well maxed out,” he says. “We have groups, especially our minor hockey leagues, that are leaving the community to go to other rinks so they can have ice time that fits within their kids’ range.”
Poole says residents will have plenty of opportunity to provide feedback on the twinning project as things progress.
Meanwhile, the Dual Ice Development Society continues to do its work in the community as it tries to raise $1 million for the project. Poole says doing an architectural design study is important for them as well.
“This will allow groups like DIDS to have a visual that they can go out and talk to the public about,” he notes. “The more they have for a visual, the more people will get excited about what’s happening.”
The Town currently has $12 million alloted as a placeholder for 2021 to pay for the project, with another million coming from DIDS and potentially $2 million from Lacombe County.
Budget talks resume in Blackfalds next week.