The Town of Kindersley, Sask. received a multimillion-dollar helping hand for the redevelopment of its Kindersley Exhibition Stadium and Multi-Use Facility.
The first phase of the redevelopment project will cost $12 million, with the Province of Saskatchewan offering up $3.4 million in infrastructure funding support.
“Recreation facilities like this one in Kindersley contribute to the rich quality of life we enjoy in our province,” said Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter. “Through our Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, we're committed to infrastructure investments that help build communities.”
Kindersley Exhibition Stadium was destroyed in a fire in January 2010. Since that time, the town has refurbished the events centre and built a new arena that opened in February 2012, completing the first phase of the project.
The facility’s current features include: a full-size ice surface built to Hockey Canada specifications; sledge hockey accessibility; a 190-metre running track; multi-purpose meeting rooms; seven dressing rooms; the Mini-Stick Recreation Area; and 450-seat capacity with an additional standing capacity of 1,000.
The facility is also equipped with a variety of energy efficient features, such as: an insulated ice surface, motion-activated lights, low-flush toilets, and an automated building system with remotely monitored preset heating and lighting controls.
The town is performing a needs and operational assessment for components identified in Phase 2 of the Multi-Use Facility project, including: an indoor aquatic centre, performing arts theatre, gymnasium, and convention/banquet space.
Wayne Gibson, communications coordinator for the Town of Kindersley, said a firm has been hired to perform the assessment and the contract is being finalized. The assessment is expected to be complete in the spring of 2013.