Over $845,000 of funding from the Community Facilities Enhancement Program (CFEP) was doled out to local projects last year.
The Alberta government released a report of these projects last year, and 271 across the province were funded, investing more than $42 million.
“Investments in key spaces in our communities not only support new activities and programming but uplift residents and build stronger communities. Our government’s investment recognizes the critical role we can play in enhancing local community spaces where many Albertans come together, from hockey rinks and playgrounds to libraries and museums, said Tanya Fir, Minister of Arts, Culture and Status of Women.
In the Drumheller area last year five projects were funded, with a total of $845, 318.
The Mail reported the Midlandvale Community Hall Association was successful in its application for $656,369 for its outdoors accessible rink project in its January 3 edition.
The project will be Drumheller’s first fully accessible community outdoor rink, and the second to be built in Alberta. It will be NHL size, with a fully accessible viewing area and skate shack, available to the general public year-round, as a recreational space for winter and summer sports. As well as a gathering place for tournaments and community events.
The Mail also reported on the completion of the Dalum playground in October of last year. The Community Association secured $94,793 to complete the project. The new amenity will be great for community groups that use the hall for events, and provide a safe place for kids to recreate. It has accessible elements that allow for youngers with mobility issues and access for wheelchairs. The site has a woodchip base for safety.
Other recipients include the Drumheller and District Museum Society, which operates the Badlands Historical Museum. It secured $52,199. President Louise Henrickson explained that funds will be used to complete their roof repairs. Some of the funding will also be used for flooring and updating the lighting.
She says they are grateful for the grant and it will help secure the future of the facility.
Other recipients include the Rosedale Recreation Society, which has been busy updating its community hall and the site. It received $25,813.
The Homestead Museum also received $26,244 for its facility.
The CFEP small stream supports smaller projects with up to $125,000, while the CFEP large stream supports projects with funding from $125,000 up to $1 million. CFEP requires matching funding that is equal to or exceeds the funding amount provided by the province.