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Nobleford Centennial Park to be refreshed with changes

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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A 2-D drawing gives an idea of what the Legion Pavilion will look like when completed by the fall of 2017 at the Nobleford Centennial Park as part of the Legacy Projects. A 2-D drawing gives an idea of what the Legion Pavilion will look like when completed by the fall of 2017 at the Nobleford Centennial Park as part of the Legacy Projects. Photo contributed

Centennial Park in Nobleford is about to get a makeover. As part of the Centennial Park Legacy Projects, there’s going to be a rebuild and additions to the park, which include Legacy Silhouette plagues with designer lighting, a Legion 24- by 24-foot Legacy pavilion, new sidewalks, special lighting along with park lighting, an irrigation system and landscaping.

The legacy project idea began in 2015 with planning and fundraising applications going on over the past 18 months.
Kirk Hofman, chief administration officer for Nobleford, says all grants have now been received and construction is scheduled to start at the park in the spring. Officials hope to have everything completed by this fall.
Nobleford parks and recreation society proposed the legacy plaque and the Nobleford Legion left legacy funding for the Pavilion in the park.
“This society is responsible for the realization of the Nobleford Spray Park. (It’s) a great addition to a modern Nobleford and very well used,” adds Hofman.
The construction of a metal pavilion will be included in the legacy parks projects. Hofman says the tenders for that part of the project will be sent out in mid-April.
“Construction is concrete and metal, because of low maintenance and durability for the future,” he adds.
It is expected this metal pavilion will be completed by this fall.
The total cost of the pavilion project is between $135,000 and $150,000.
The Nobleford Legion provided $20,000, fundraising from the Nobleford Parks and Recreation Society totals $20,000. The Village of Nobleford is matching both up to $40,000.
There are also funds that will be used to match the provincial Community Facility Program grant received in the amount of $50,000.
The Legacy Parks Projects are just one of a number of other projects underway to celebrate and commemorate Nobleford’s 100th birthday in 2018.
Hofman says the Nobleford Legion No. 257 gave up its Nobleford Charter and left money in trust with the Village of Nobleford for construction of the Legion Legacy pavilion.
“The stately architectural design of the Legion pavilion includes heavy front pillar columns and steep pitched roof and details trim with Legion memorial plaques,” he explains. “The building will have electrical service to allow for activities such as ceremonies, band performances and other gatherings and performances. The Village agreed to match their legacy funding dollar for dollar from revenues from subdivision sales in reserve for use under policy No. 02-22 Community Initiative Funding.”
To date, the Centennial Park Legacy Projects has received $77,000 in grant funding from the following groups and organizations: $300 from individuals; $500 from the Coulee Kickers Soccer Association and Richardson Pioneer Limited; $5,000 from the Nobleford Parks and Recreation Society, Lethbridge County, Community Foundation of Lethbridge and southwest Alberta; $20,000 from the Nobleford Legion Branch No. 257 and the Village of Nobleford; $50,000 from an Alberta Culture and a Tourism CFEP Grant.
There will be seven legacy plates being installed along a new walking path and four plates will frame the Noble Cairn.
Lighting on the pavilion and the new lamplights will enhance the atmosphere of the improved park.

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