New park planned for Delburne

Delburne residents are a little closer to getting a new recreation park. Red Deer County approved a $50,000 grant to go towards a $296,000 project to add a playground, asphalt sports court, sand court, outdoor fitness area, and green spaces.

Delburne residents are a little closer to getting a new recreation park.

Red Deer County approved a $50,000 grant to go towards a $296,000 project to add a playground, asphalt sports court, sand court, outdoor fitness area, and green spaces.

It will be built next to the community’s popular spray park and will be wheelchair accessible.

The village has committed $108,000 to the project and requested the county match that.

Councillors found that request a little on the high side and Philip Massier proposed a $50,000 donation.

Massier said he was pleased the village was trying to line up funding from other sources as well as government contributions.

Councillor Don Nesbitt had reservations with that much, suggesting $25,000, a figure also backed by George Gehrke.

However, Mayor Jim Wood was inclined to send the bigger cheque to Delburne.

“I think it’s important that we have our partnerships with our neighbouring communities,” said Wood.

He also wanted to make sure the project goes ahead.

“If we don’t put enough in, it may not.”

Councillor Penny Archibald also gave the $50,000 donation a vote of confidence.

“I think it’s really important we support our small communities. We do have a hefty reserve fund.”

The money will come from a $1.6 million reserve fund the county has set aside to support projects around the municipality.

Council voted 6-1 in favour of the donation with Gehrke voting against it.