County contributes $100,000 to Project

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Carol Calhoun, Reeve for Kneehill County delivered an early Christmas present to the Drumheller Town Office last Tuesday, Dec. 14 when she presented Terry Yemen, Town Mayor, with a $100,000 cheque for their Badlands Community Facility project.
This size of donation is the fourth in this monetary range to be received (the other three are from corporate donations and a private citizen), but this is the first from a neighboring County. "They have been a long-time regional partner with us," said the Reeve, "most notably with the Regional Water System, and this large multi-sport facility, which will include a 500-seat convention centre, will be a benefit to many County residents, especially in the east. It will be the only one of its kind in our entire area."
The $23 million multi-use facility will include an interpretive library (first up will be a celebration of 100 years of coal mining), a convention centre, a recreation centre for soccer, lacrosse, basketball, and volleyball, and overlooking all this is a walking track. There will be an indoor play area for children, suitable as a break from all weather conditions. The facility will be located along the river front, near the clinic.
"There will eventually be curling rinks and hopefully, a second ice surface," said Mayor Yemen. "The entire project has a five-year completion plan." Their fundraising goal is $12 million. The Mayor has been very encouraged with the support being received and especially now, by one of its neighboring partners.
The first stage of the project (library and conference center) is slated for completion in October 2011.