Eckville EMS crew stop by the outdoor rink in Eckville to light up the space for those playing hockey after the sun set. The Eckville Recreation Board is planning to build a new rink which will be lit. (Photo Submitted)

Eckville EMS crew stop by the outdoor rink in Eckville to light up the space for those playing hockey after the sun set. The Eckville Recreation Board is planning to build a new rink which will be lit. (Photo Submitted)

Eckville Recreation Board fundraising for new outdoor multipurpose facility

The Recreation Board is currently holding a 50/50 raffle to fundraise for the project

Eckville Recreation Board is looking to the near future with plans for a outdoor multipurpose facility.

The Recreation Board has been looking at this project for a number of years, and decided now, with an increased need for unstructured outdoor recreation, is the perfect time to move ahead.

Jodi Oslund, director of the recreation board, says the project has been in the books for at least three years.

“The Recreation Board has wanted to create this new multipurpose facility for at least three years, but decided to wait until the new playground project was completed,” said Oslund.

She said they decided to wait to begin the project as the board did not want to inundate the community with another huge fundraising project while another was ongoing.

The plan is to build a new outdoor facility by the Friendship Centre. This new build will be used as a skating rink in the winter and for activities such as pickleball and basketball in the summer.

The build is planned to be “larger and flashier” than the current outdoor rink in town, and will include lights for evening and nighttime use.

“During COVID-19 especially, we have seen a demand for outdoor unstructured physical activities. So now more than ever, we feel this is an important project for our community,” said Oslund.

The skating rink in Eckville is widely used by the community, and this winter in particular it has been a popular spot of locals.

Oslund says there have been times where the skating rink has been over capacity.

“With the new facility that won’t really be a problem because we are planning for it to be much bigger than the current rink.”

Oslund calls it a giant project, which comes with a hefty price tag. The Recreation Board is estimating it will cost upwards of $350,000 to build the outdoor multipurpose facility.

The goal is to raise the money through grants and community fundraising.

The first fundraiser for the new outdoor facility, a 50/50 draw, is currently underway.

“Once we get started we have about two years to complete the project… Some of the grants we are applying to have a deadline for how long a project can take,” explained Oslund.

The 50/50 draw is being held online, as in-person fundraising events cannot be held right now due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Tickets for the draw can be purchased at and they cost $10 for one ticket, $20 for three tickets, $50 for 10 tickets and $100 for 30 tickets.

Tickets can be purchased until March 1, with the winner being drawn on March 7.

“We felt like a 50/50 draw was a good first fundraiser, because times are tough right now and it is something that could help someone out while also raising money for the facility,” said Oslund.

More fundraisers are being planned for later in the year.

“Really this is something that will benefit the entire community. It will bring a lot of opportunities for people to get outside and stay active without costing them anything.”

Oslund says the goal is to have the facility built and open to the community for Fall 2023.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta reported an additional 399 cases of COVID-19 Thursday, on 9,217 tests, for a test positivity rate of 4.3 per cent. (Image courtesy CDC)
Red Deer down to 562 active COVID-19 cases

8 new COVID-19 deaths, 399 additional COVID-19 cases

Mike Ammeter (Photo by Rebecca Hadfield)
Sylvan Lake man elected chair of Canadian Canola Growers Association

Mike Ammeter is a local farmer located near the Town of Sylvan Lake

City of Red Deer has nearly doubled its active COVID-19 case count since Feb. 10 and has 75.6 per cent of the Central zone’s active cases. (File photo)
Another new high: Red Deer hits 574 active COVID-19 cases

Province reports 13 new COVID-19 deaths, 430 new cases

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 11 additional deaths over the past 24 hours. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta
Red Deer active COVID-19 cases drop slightly

Province reports 267 additional COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths

On Monday, Feb. 22, Island Health listed Glacier View Secondary on 241 Beacher Drive in Courtenay as having a COVID-19 exposure Feb. 17 and 18. Black Press file photo
Red Deer sets new COVID-19 case record

There are now 565 active cases in Red Deer

Bookings for COVID-19 vaccines for people age 75 or older start Wednesday. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Updated: Delays for seniors booking for vaccine appointments

By 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, 4,500 seniors had booked their appointments

Sylvan Lake's Winter Village lured many visitors to the town this winter. The town has launched a new contest to attract a new business.
(Black Press file photo)
Sylvan Lake offering rent-free storefront space to lure new businesses

Winning business proposal will get a storefront space rent-free for a year

Alberta premier Jason Kenney, right and Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, provide details about Bill 13, the Alberta Senate Election Act., in Edmonton Alta, on Wednesday June 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Minister Doug Schweitzer talks on Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit

Provincial government rolling out new benefit this April to better help small businesses.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
NDP will not trigger election as long as pandemic continues: Singh

‘“We will vote to keep the government going’

Students and staff at Gateway Christian School wore pink Wednesday in support of Pink Shirt Day, a worldwide anti-bullying initiative that was started in 2007. (Photo courtesy of Red Deer Public Schools)
Students, central Alberta community celebrate Pink Shirt Day

Mayor of Sylvan Lake Sean McIntyre supports anti-bullying cause

Minister Rick Wilson poses with Katie at the Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin, both wearing her Pink Shirt Day design. Facebook/ Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin.
Wetaskiwin Boys and Girls club Pink Shirt day design focuses on kindness

Katie with the Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin created this year’s Pink Shirt Day design.

Black Press File Photo
Valentine’s Day shooting in Maskwacis leaves one male in hospital, one male in custody

19-year-old Francis Edward Nepoose from Maskwacis has been charged with attempted murder.

Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Anne Kirker is expected to sentence Satnam Singh Sandhu on Friday. Red Deer Advocate file photo
Updated: Sylvan Lake man pleads guilty to manslaughter for strangling wife in 2019

Kulvinder Sandhu was strangled and died in hospital several days later

Most Read