Saturday, 15 July 2017 07:00

Nanton upgrades infrastructure thanks to grant funding

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Nanton has two projects officials have been working on in the community. The Town of Nanton received $25,489 from the Canada 150 grant for their Canada 150 Infrastructure Project.

This project was a renovation at the THRC Curling Arena. Not only did this renovation improve the look and life of the building, but it should make it more energy efficient as well.
The curling arena was constructed in 1964.
“Due to a lack of proper insulation, the walls of the curling arena were deteriorating. The project removed the walls, installed proper insulation and new walls. The result being not only aesthetic, but also we should see a drop in our energy bills,” says Marianne Morrison, director of corporate services for the town of Nanton.
This project began in August of 2016 and was completed by October.
Funding that was received from the Canada 150 grant was 50 per cent of the total cost.
The Town of Nanton felt this was an important project to get completed in time for Canada’s 150th this year as it’s important to Nanton residents.
“It was a necessary project — the curling arena is a strong symbol of Canadian heritage,” adds Morrison.
Officials hoped by completing this project they would be continuing to support a thriving curling club in Nanton.
There are approximately 120 curlers within the curling leagues this year that use the arena, including juniors, seniors, men’s league, women’s league and mixed league.
John Dozeman, parks and recreational manager for Nanton, says these people curl five days a week with the senior group curling all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The curlers and the community have really enjoyed the renovations.
“The feedback I’ve received has been positive. It has brightened up the rink having the white puck board installed,” adds Dozeman.
As well, the renovations have reduced the amount of maintenance that will be required to keep the rink looking fresh.
The blown-in insulation that was installed has also increased the efficiency of the facility by decreasing the amount of time that’s required to keep the arena cold.
Dozeman says it has had a positive effect on the ice surface by being able to control the ambient air temperature more effectively.
As well, the Town of Nanton planned an an inter-generational celebration for Canada Day this year and they received $3,000 from the federal Lethbridge Community Foundation grant.
This event included fun activities for children, youth, seniors and families. There was a beef on a bun supper, street entertainment, sidewalk art, and a time capsule.
The $3,000 received from the Lethbridge Community Foundation’s grant was specifically used to support entertainment and the supper.
“It will bring the community together,” adds Morrison about why they felt it was important to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year.
It’s hoped this event would inspire community members to appreciate their community even more.
“(It’s to) create appreciation and awareness of diversity … inspire youth with community pride,” adds Morrison.
The total cost for the special Canada Day Celebrations was $11,500.
Morrison says they’ve received a lot of donations, in terms of manpower and resources from local groups.

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