A $4 million expansion project has been announced for MEGlobal Athletic Park in Lacombe.
Officials shared Tuesday morning that the existing fieldhouse at the multi-sport facility will be doubled in size, spectator areas will be improved and a long-awaited running track will be added over the next two years.
Usage of the facility has increased steadily since officially opening in 2012, with over 75,000 people estimated to have come through its gates last year.
Lacombe Athletic Park Association (LAPA) Vice Chair Bruce Miller says Tuesday’s announcement sets the stage for a bright future.
“We are just so thrilled that MEGlobal has donated the $2 million to L.A.P.A. to see our dreams come true, to see world-class quality track field event infrastructure built here in Lacombe,” Miller said. “Right from the beginning, the dream of having a track was there.
“We do need additions to our field house for more adequate facilities, but the opportunity, the need for having a quality track here in Central Alberta was also there.”
MEGlobal Canada is donating $2 million toward the park expansion and extended its naming rights partnership through 2040.
“MEGlobal is extremely excited to support this expansion because MEGlobal Athletic Park not only provides our schools, other local teams and community groups with a state-of-the-art athletic facility for sports and other activities, but it also provides a significant economic contribution to the whole region,” says Rocco Schurink, Vice President of Operations for MEGlobal Canada.
LAPA will be working with the City of Lacombe and Lacombe County to explore funding opportunities for the remaining $2 million needed for the expansion. Wolf Creek Public Schools is also part of LAPA.
Work on the fieldhouse and spectator areas is slated to begin next spring followed by construction of the running track in 2020.
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