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Drumheller Sports Council taking shape

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The Town of Drumheller has taken a big step towards forming a Sports Council.
A group of nine dedicated individuals have formed the Town of Drumheller Sports Council Task Force. They aim to execute the tasks outlined in the Recreation Master Plan findings. This task force, a crucial component in developing and establishing the Sports Council, will serve as a vital platform for identifying and addressing sports-related concerns and opportunities in our community.
“This task force will meet soon and talk about what we are trying to achieve, which will allow people to come together for a common interest, which is not necessarily for their sport but for the good of sport throughout the Valley,” explains Rick Ladouceur, manager of Recreation Arts and Culture.
The Drumheller Sports Council was developed as part of the 2023 Parks & Recreation Master Plan. The plan, which heavily involved participation from residents in collaboration with RC Strategies, outlined the initial goal of creating a sports council, suggested by local participants, within three years of its introduction.
“With the support of our Council and the clear value and importance the Parks and Recreation Master Plan has to the community, we decided to launch within the initial year of this plan,” continues Ladouceur. “We are very fortunate to have the volunteers with the calibre in recreation to help create a vision for the Drumheller Valley.”
Members include:
•Linda Traquair, Alberta 55 plus Provincial Board Member - Secretary
•Robert Visser, Drumheller Baseball Association – President
•Kristi Murphy, Drumheller Mixed Slo Pitch –President
•Debra Walker, Drumheller Curling Association - President
•Rachel Graf, Adult Volleyball League Representative
•Ken Fournier, Head Coach Drumheller Football Team
•Krymsen Suelzle, Drumheller Football President & Trainer
•Melanie Hardy, Canadian Badlands Aquatics Club Board Member
•Blair Christianson, Owner of the Jr. A Dragons
The Task Force represents a unified effort of the area’s sport governing bodies, working together to strengthen and unite the sports community in Drumheller. Their collective aim is to address sports-related concerns and opportunities, exploring how each group and/or league can synergize with the current and future athletic infrastructure in the Valley.
Mayor Heather Colberg acknowledges the significant role of sports tourism in our athletic community, stating, “This group of volunteers is poised to shape the future of sports in the Valley.” She expresses her gratitude to the task force members for their invaluable time and expertise and recognizes their contribution to this important initiative.
The Town of Drumheller developed a Parks and Recreation Master Plan in 2023, identifying priorities for facilities and services over the next 10+ years. So far this year, much of the focus has been revitalizing the beach, ball diamonds, dog park, outdoor courts and accessory buildings at Newcastle Recreation Area.

Rails to Trails receives $100k Community Spaces grant

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On Tuesday, June 25, members of the Rails to Trails Fundraising Task Force and the Town of Drumheller were joined by the Westview Co-op Board of Directors to celebrate the awarding of the Co-op Community Spaces Grant. Rails to Trails was successful in its application to the program for a grant of $100,000 for the project. The funds are earmarked to help make the Midland Train Bridge usable for active transportation. They celebrated the award with a barbecue at Westview Co-op and a cheque presentation before heading to the bridge to cut the ribbon.

New faces at 2024 Rosebud Chamber Music Festival

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    Mark your calendars for another exciting ride! From July 3-7, music lovers and followers of the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival will be introduced to musicians they recognize as well as performers who are new to Drumheller, Rosebud, and Three Hills area.  
    These busy musicians hail from Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto and bring exquisite musical mastery wherever they show up, whether as soloists, orchestral players or instructors!  They’ll offer a full concert program, which will include César Franck’s ravishing piano quintet!
    Just back from concerts in Yellowknife and Powell River, the dynamic duo of Keith Hamm and Julie Hereish will, as always, bring their inexhaustible dynamism to this week of concerts.  They are joined by Diana Cohen, violinist and concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.  You may have heard her dazzling concertos with the CPO or at her brand new festival, ChamberFest West, in Calgary.  Amy Hillis (violinist), originally from Regina, is now teaching and performing in Toronto.  She brings phenomenal musicianship to the team and is passionate about fostering a love of chamber music with audiences and students alike. And we look forward to meeting the illustrious pianist, Todd Yaniw, who has brought his artistry to concert halls across Canada.
    The performances of the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival have always been riveting, and with new and returning faces, this year is sure to live up to its reputation. With so many music lovers in Drumheller, it’s wonderful to provide such an exciting classical music experience up close and personal!
    NEW THIS YEAR: A ticket to either concert in Three Hills or Rosebud also provides FREE access to the WINGS AND STRINGS shenanigans on Wednesday, July 3 at the Rosebud Mercantile. It’s a delightful evening of food, beverages and impromptu music-making by world-class performers, where they pull music off the shelf and sight-read - just for the joy of it.
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