Councils commit $75k each towards bid for 2019 Alberta Masters Games

By Keanna Nelson (B94 Newsroom)
January 11, 2018 - 2:00pm Updated: January 12, 2018 - 8:27pm

The Town of Rocky Mountain House and Clearwater County are each committing $75,000 towards a bid to host the 2019 Alberta Masters Games.

A presentation was given to both councils on Tuesday.

In December, Town administration was approached regarding the possibility of hosting the 2019 Alberta Masters Games, formerly the Alberta Senior Games, which will have age categories from 30-35 and up and can include 55 and over categories.

Director of Recreation and Community Services with the Town of Rocky Mountain House, Roger Smolnicky says Alberta Sport Connection has already visited twice and there is a strong interest from them in seeing if the region will put forward a proposal.

The Games come with an estimated budget of $1.1 million of which the Town and County are being asked to contribution $75,000 each and that Recreation facilities fees and charges be waived and contributed as gift in kind.

Details are still being finalized, but the Games would incorporate 10-15 venue/sport activities. Event categories that are being considered are both summer and winter including ice hockey, golf, curling, darts, bowling, shooting and archery, athletics (track and field), cycling, kayaking/canoeing, pickle ball, slo-pitch and swimming.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase our community,” said Clearwater County Councillor Michelle Swanson.

As many as 500 hotel rooms could be required, with the North Saskatchewan River Park being able to host dry camping for 500 to 600 campers, as well as possibly utilizing local campgrounds.

3,000 to 4,000 people are expected to come, but Smolnicky adds that they can only host 1,200 to 1,400 and would need about 600 to 700 volunteers.

“We don’t want to overburden the community but we want some economic impacts,” he says.

Both councils made their decisions at their regular council meetings on Tuesday. Since both councils have agreed to put fourth that much in money contributions, the bid committee will now put forth their bid to host.

If successful, the formal announcement may occur in Fort McMurray during the Alberta Winter Games in February.

MISSING: 26-year-old Brandon Lagrelle of Rocky Mtn. House

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