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Action taken on 2024 Parks and Recreation Master Plan

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With a budget of $180,000, the new Drumheller Valley manager of Recreation, Arts and Culture, Rick Ladouceur, is moving forward with his Master Plan to revive and safeguard parts of Rosedale and Newcastle. Ball diamonds, playgrounds, the dog park and both the Newcastle rink and beach are the main focus of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
An estimated $65,000 will be spent on the ball diamonds in Rosedale and Newcastle and will be the first of the many projects. Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg stated during the Monday, February 5, 2024, Regular Council Meeting that she would like to see the ball diamonds take first priority.
“Our ball players have been extremely patient with our diamonds so I would love to see those moved up, so maybe we need to switch around what gets done first,” says Mayor Colberg.
Ladouceur agrees with the Mayor and has said they are first on the list to be completed.
“It’s the main priority,” says Ladouceur, “The ball diamonds need to be like every other ball diamond. Safety has to come first and it’s simple things like the posts needing to be on the outside of the infield. There’s a capping that we need to put around the ball diamond because if somebody goes to reach for a foul ball trying to catch it, you’re going up against the fencing and can really hurt yourself. Those are easy fixes that we can do. Ball diamond number two needs a new backstop because any foul balls can damage cars, and have damaged cars, and building up the shale within the infield, it needs a little TLC.” There are also irrigation lines that need to be addressed and fixed as well as gopher control, being they’re an ongoing problem.
$50,000 will be put towards revamping the playgrounds and bringing them up to proper safety codes. $30,000 will go towards the dog park, extending it and adding fun obstacles for the dogs, and picnic tables for people to sit and enjoy watching their pets play.
Newcastle Rink and Newcastle Beach are also in the works to get face lifts at a cost of $35,000.
The rink itself is showing its age and it’s just not safe. We need to fix up the boarding with a little replacing, sanding and paint. The cement slab is still really good, which is going to be great for Pickleball courts, basketball hoops and we’re thinking about putting in a batting cage, or maybe even two” says Ladouceur. There will also be a lock and scan type system put in place for people to rent and return equipment. “This really isn’t about making money but more so that people are being responsible for the equipment,” assures Ladouceur.
“For the beach, it might be as simple as laying some sand down, yes it’ll cost money, but it’ll be wonderful to see that more developed. There’s history behind it. At one time it was the place to be, people went there all the time,” explains Ladouceur.
The projects will start this spring and the majority of the work will be done by Fall 2024.


AJHL announces revised season schedule and playoff format

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The Alberta Junior Hockey League today released full details of a revised 57-game regular season schedule that will culminate with the crowning of a new Inter Pipeline Cup AJHL Champion in May.
At the conclusion of the 2023-24 regular season, the top five teams will automatically advance to the 2024 Inter Pipeline Cup AJHL Playoffs, while the bottom six teams will square off in a best of five play-in series (6 vs. 11, 7 vs. 10, and 8 vs.9). The winners of the play-in series will then fill spots six through eight in the opening round of the AJHL Playoffs.
Round One of the Inter Pipeline Cup AJHL Playoffs will begin the weekend of March 15th-17th and will be a best-of-seven series, with the top seed playing the lowest remaining seed. The AJHL Champion will represent Alberta at the 2024 Centennial Cup National Junior A Championship from May 9-19 in Oakville, ON.
All Alberta Junior Hockey League games will be broadcast live on FloHockey. A complete League Schedule is now available on the AJHL website alongside the updated League Standings reflecting an 11-team league.
The AJHL is a premier developmental league in Canada for student-athletes striving to capitalize on their athletic and academic abilities. AJHL players can advance to the NCAA, CHL, USports and pro hockey without any limitations. For more information about the recent departure of five teams and the exciting future direction of the AJHL, visit the league’s FAQ page.

Two win week for Dragons

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The Dragons have now won three in a row and are closing on the top spot in the new look AJHL.
The Dragons were on the road to take on the Calgary Canucks on Tuesday, February 6. They wasted no time and Devon Winder scored just 36 seconds in. Josh Diegel added one more to end the first period up 2-0. Calgary added one in the second and tied it up early in the third. Diegel scored his second of the game with 1:45 remaining on the powerplay. Keegan Beagle added an empty netter for a 4-2 win.
Saturday night, February 10 was reverse retro jersey night as the Dragons hosted the Olds Grizzlys. It was a slow start as it took 13 minutes for Diegel to score and put the Dragons up 1-0 after one period. After that, it was a landslide.
Holden Cardinal scored 42 seconds into the second. Olds answered back at the midway point, but Dylan Ronald put the Dragons up 3-1 and Jordan Luk found the net on the powerplay to go up 4-1 after two. In the third, Coy Pighin opened the scoring unassisted, and then Ayden Peters added one more. Jamie Hikida scored on the powerplay with 28 seconds left as the Dragons went on to a 7-1 win.
On Tuesday, February 13, the Dragons hosted the Camrose Kodiaks, results were not available at press time. On Friday, February 17 they are in Calgary to take on the Canuks and then on Saturday are back home to host the Bonnyville Pontiacs.


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