The Lea Park Raven Golf Course was given a $30,000 boost from the Alberta government Saturday to help maintain its equipment.
The money will help pay for the construction a maintenance and storage shop on the grounds, which is something the course has needed for some time.
As it stands now, the course’s equipment — including golf carts, fairway moors and tractors — sits outside, in rain, sun and snow.
But the new building would save on wear and tear, as well as allow people to better work on the equipment.
“If it’s raining, nobody is working on equipment,” said Jim Kudmore, president of the course’s not-for-profit organization. “There’s no real place to maintain them, we have a shack, if we have the proper maintenance facility, they’ll get worked on a little bit better.”
Total project cost is around $75,000 and includes the actual building and a concrete pad.
Aside from Alberta’s $30,000 contribution, the remaining $45,000 will be made up through the course’s revenue.
Kudmore noted that without the provincial help, it would have taken another year to get this project up and running.
The money was made available through the Community Initiatives Program (CIP). Local MLA and Tourism and Recreation Minister Richard Starke was on hand Saturday to present the donation.
Through the CIP program, the province offers up to 50 per cent of the total project cost for special projects. The community has to raise the remainder.
Starke said the province has been committed to helping community groups in their projects that support facilities for a long time.
He added the Lea Park course is an important source of recreation and a gathering place for the community.
“This little golf course has been a great resource for people from the surrounding area for a number of years and it’s really been lovingly maintained. A lot of hard work, volunteer work, has really kept it up,” Starke said.
While the money was made available through Alberta Culture, Starke, with his Tourism and Recreation, and MLA hat on, said the project is a win.
The Lea Park Raven Golf Course is located just south of the North Saskatchewan River on Highway 897.
With immaculate greens, its nine holes follow the river, making it a picturesque experience.
Coming up on Aug. 5, the course will be holding night golf, using glow-in-the-dark balls. Call the club house at 780-847-2651 for more information.