City seeks grant for park upgrades

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June 18, 2015 8:15 AM

The City of Lloydminster is applying for a grant to supplement the cost of needed upgrades to the Bud Miller All Seasons Park amphitheatre.

At a special meeting on June 15, city council approved the submission of a grant application for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Project.

In the lead-up to Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, the federal government is making available $150 million over two years to go towards what it describes as “the renovation, expansion and rehabilitation of existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for the public.” The grant will cover 50 per cent of the total costs of a project up to a maximum of $500,000. The government expects this fund will help up to 1,800 projects nationwide.

“This is going to be a fantastic thing if we do get approved through the grant process,” community services director Don Stang said. “The amphitheatre is in need of some major improvements and this will help us achieve that and get some support from the federal government and move forward with the project.”

City administration says components of the nearly 30-year-old amphitheatre are “showing serious signs of deterioration and causing safety concerns” and that its use during community events, including Canada Day celebrations, make it a strong candidate for the government grant.

“We’re looking at a complete upgrade to the seating area, (replacing) the wood bleachers or steps with some concrete, upgrading some of the deck ... the list is quite long, but essentially we’re doing a full upgrade to the amphitheatre,” Stang said.

The city estimates the total cost of the renovations to be $752,500. If it is successful in acquiring grant funding, the federal government will cover half of the expenses, or $376,250.

In August 2010, the city accepted a Redevelopment Master Plan for the Bud Miller All Seasons Park which recommended the rehabilitation of the amphitheatre as a priority. The city determined that renovating the amphitheatre is important to residents of Lloydminster and the surrounding communities. Some of the upgrades which have already been completed include a new spray park, walkway development, landscaping, lighting and new furniture installation.

The project is expected to be completed by autumn 2016.

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