The town announced on Tuesday it had received a $490,000 federal grant to go towards a new project, which will also see trails added along with benches and tables, a common area created and further development of the skate park and pump track. (Facebook photo)

The town announced on Tuesday it had received a $490,000 federal grant to go towards a new project, which will also see trails added along with benches and tables, a common area created and further development of the skate park and pump track. (Facebook photo)

Penhold developing community recreational hub

Trails, skate park improvements planned along with concession and washrooms

Penhold is developing ball diamonds, building a concession and improving a skate park in a project to create a community recreational hub near the Penhold Regional Multiplex.

The town announced on Tuesday it had received a $490,000 federal grant to go towards the project, which will also see trails added along with benches and tables, a common area created and further development of the skate park and pump track.

A pump track is a closed-loop track with rolling bumps, banked corners and berms for biking, rollerblading and scooters.

The federal funding is provided through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund, which is administered in Alberta by Prairies Economic Development Canada. The fund is part of a two-year $500 million national infrastructure program designed to help communities rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This investment, along with previous funding from the Penhold and District Optimist Club, and a donation from Penhold’s Stewart and Eileen Ford allowed the recreational development to happen.

“This multi-dimensional project will see our vision to create an environment with a focus on health, wellness, community engagement and attraction become a reality,” said Penhold Mayor Mike Yargeau.

“Through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund, our government is making investments to increase the accessibility of community spaces, create green infrastructure and reinvent outdoor spaces,” said Northern Affairs Minister Daniel Vandal, who is also responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada.

“Our investment to expand Penhold’s recreational space and trail system will help ensure residents of all ages and abilities can benefit from accessible outdoor activities in their community.”



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