Medicine River Wildlife Centre and others receive Co-op Community Spaces funding

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
June 16, 2017 - 11:59pm

A number of central Alberta community projects are receiving funding from the Co-op Community Spaces Program.

Recipients are eligible for up to $150,000 from the program which has donated more than $4 million to 64 projects in western Canada since 2015.

One local organization receiving $133,000 is the Medicine River Wildlife Centre for its new Wildlife Homes Playground.

Executive Director Carol Kelly explains the playground will feature structures that resemble the homes of different animals like a beaver lodge, a fox den and an owl’s nest.

“What we wanted to do was have an educational playground, but a fun one, a unique one and one that would speak to all the things that we are at the Wildlife Centre. We want to connect people to wildlife,” she says.

Kelly hopes construction will get underway later this summer with completion anticipated for next summer.

Other local projects receiving funding this year include:

- Denise Nielsen Memorial Park in Blackfalds -- $25,500
- Bowden Community Hall in Bowden -- $25,000
- Eldorado Naturescape Playground in Drayton Valley -- $40,000

The Multiplex Building in Wetaskiwin also received $95,000 in 2016, while the Len Thompson Fish Pond in Lacombe and Community Kitchen Project in Olds both were awarded $90,000 each in 2015.

School and playground zone times set to change August 1

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