Kneehill, Special Areas boost BCF funds with $200k | DrumhellerMail
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Kneehill, Special Areas boost BCF funds with $200k

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    The coffers of the Badlands Community Facility are slowly building with the help of two significant donations coming through to the project this week.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Kneehill County Reeve Carol Calhoun travelled to Drumheller’s council chambers to present Mayor Terry Yemen with a $100,000 donation towards the multi-sport facility.
    “The facility will be an asset to the whole area,” said Calhoun, while adding that many Kneehill County residents, especially in the east, will be able to take advantage of the facility.
    “We have other partnerships with Drumheller, in the way of water services, and we are glad to help out a partner.”
    “I’m very happy to see cooperation from a local municipality,” said Yemen on Tuesday.
    On Monday, Mayor Yemen announced at the committee of the whole meeting $100,000 was moved to the facility project by the Special Areas Board, which provides municipal services and long-term land resource management.
    “It’s really encouraging to see neighbouring communities supporting the facility, because we know it’ll have economic spin-off benefits for not only Drumheller, but the surrounding area,” said councillor Jay Garbutt, who has also served on the Badlands Community Facility Steering Committee for the last two years.
    “Seeing this level of commitment from member municipalities is exactly the encouraging step forward we’re after.”
    The first phase of the Badlands Community Facility is slated to be up and running this coming summer. It includes a new public library, field house, meeting and conference facilities. Phase 1 of the project is hoped to be finished by fall next year.
    The entire project has a fund-raising goal of  $12 million.

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