Thursday, 27 October 2011 08:20

Roof repair complete on Nanton rec centre

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By Susan Quinlan
Nanton
Following the unfortunate discovery of damage to the roof of Nanton’s recreation centre in November 2010, the arena was immediately closed and the community began raising funds for repairs to be completed before the fall of 2011.
That renovation is now complete and the Tom Hornecker Recreation Centre this fall hosted the first event of the season.


“Community support of this project has been amazing,” said Jo Sears, chairperson of the Nanton Future Foundation.

Total cost of the roof replacement was about $1.6 million and the various functions and individual donations received came within $300,000 of meeting that figure, with the rest still to be raised, said Sears.

Construction got underway in late April and early May, said Sears, and the bulk of the roof renovation was completed by mid-September.

“The first event was held Oct. 1 when the Foothills Bantam Bisons played a hockey game.

“We have had support from individuals, service groups, community groups, provincial and federal governments and local business.

This truly is a community effort and for such a small community to come together and raise the money and get the work contracted and completed in less than one year is phenomenal.”

The main thing though, added Sears, is the children have a place to skate again.

Town of Nanton CAO Brad Mason echoed Sears’ sentiments.

“It’s just amazing. Everyone focussed on getting the project done and the community really pulled together to do it. Nanton is an amazing community. We have a long history of getting things done,” said Mason.

The reach of those affected by the arena’s closure included user groups, said Mason, but the business community as well.

“We have a hockey game here and people buy gas, they dine, pick up whatever they might need …

The business service community was hugely affected as well.”

Getting the roof fixed was a huge undertaking, said Mason, but it has also drawn the community even closer together.

“Jo’s the chair and the mandate of Nanton Futures is to continue the momentum and look at what needs to happen next. This really brought a lot of the community together.”


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