Red Deer County approves facility enhancement funding

A number of rural community facilities in the area will soon benefit from grants approved as part of Red Deer County’s 2014 Capital Grants

A number of rural community facilities in the area will soon benefit from grants approved as part of Red Deer County’s 2014 Capital Grants program.

More than $225,000 in funding for 20 separate facilities was approved at county council’s Nov. 4 regular meeting. That money will go toward facility upgrades, additions and replacements.

Poplar Ridge Community Centre was approved for one of the program’s largest grants at $20,000. That money will fund the installation of a baby change table, a new counter, bathroom sinks, and upgrades to the facility’s kitchen.

Spruce View Community Hall, Fensala Hall, Dickson Store Museum and Markerville Community Society were among the program’s other funding recipients, and will carry out similar maintenance projects.

The county has provided rural facilities with more than $1.5 million since the beginning of the grant program in 2007.

“This program allows the county to partner with local volunteer community groups, who then provide the labour and skills to upgrade their facilities,” said community services manager Jo-Ann Symington in a release. “It is truly a win-win situation.”