Thursday, 11 January 2018 10:04

Kyle organizers through the roof after arriving at its targetted goal

Written by  Andrea Carol
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The community of Kyle hails great success in efforts to raise money to replace the aging roof of their community rink and the ‘good ‘ol hockey game’ will play on there for years to come.


February 1, 2018, marks not only the early return of spring but marks one year since fundraising efforts began for a new roof. It was a topshelf effort and not only did organizers reach their fundraising goals, but they beat them.
“Throughout that initial meeting, the donations rolled in quite easily. We promoted the fundraiser progress on our Facebook page and on a progress board at the rink,” said Crystal Imrie, Director of Recreation for the Town of Kyle.
 “Our initial goal was to raise enough for the roof. We surpassed that goal. As of the beginning of December, we raised $449,315. The cost of the project was $432,701 plus another $3,500 for warranty. We had a surplus of $13,000. The Sports Centre Committee put the surplus into the savings account for future improvements.”
To launch the project, the Recreation Board held an official Rink Roof Project Fundraising Kickoff potluck supper Feb. 1, 2017 at the Elks Hall. The campaign started with a bang and $245,250 had been raised in 25 days. The community of Kyle stepped up to the plate and local businesses, community members and volunteers saved the iconic Kyle Community Sports Centre.
The facility offers skating ice, there sheets of curing ice, full-service kitchen, bar and mezzanine.
The facility is mostly operated by volunteers and two employees – a curling ice technician and janitor.  At the end of the year, all proceeds are turned over to the rink so the doors can remain open.
“There was talk of renaming the rink but we felt that the building was built for the community, by the community and wanted it to remain, the Kyle Community Sport Centre,”,said Imrie. “In March, we made a three-year deal with Standard Motors and Pattison agriculture Ag and welcomed them as corporate sponsors.”
The grain elevators, hospitals and even some schools in small town Sask. are starting to disappear, but one thing remains: the local arenas. These arenas are the heartbeats of most of the Wheat province’s rural centres. 
“In every small town Saskatchewan, the rink is the focal point of the community. If we can hold on to our small-town rinks, we can hold on to our schools and keep the communities viable and alive,” Imrie explained. “I am overwhelmed by the amount of support that this project received and how the community got behind it and believed in it. I’m super proud of the support of the project and how the community protected their investment.”
Curling is the provincial sport of Saskatchewan and hockey is ranked high on the board as well.
The Western Canada Hockey League began in the winter of 1921.
The small-town rinks are where our stars are born and learn to skate. The thought is is that if Sask. residents want to preserve sports, then they must maintain the facility that house these sporting activities.
Kyle celebrates its new roof on the community arena and will continue to curl, skate and play hockey. One thing people can be sure of, the “good ‘ol hockey game” will continue in Kyle.  To make a donation to the Kyle’s Sport Centre, call 306-375-7473.

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