Hassen Arena could be upgraded if a federal funding application is approved.

Hassen Arena could be upgraded if a federal funding application is approved.

Cash infusion sought for Armstrong facilities

IPE facilities, Hassen Arena, Centennial Hall in line for upgrades

Improvements to recreational facilities operated by Armstrong-Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation could be forthcoming.

Parks and rec has applied for a federal grant for more than $200,000 in facility upgrades.

Half of the funding – $101,904 – would come from the grant. The Interior Provincial Exhibition would chip in $50,000 while Armstrong and Spallumcheen would each pay $25,952.

In Armstrong’s case, more than $22,500 has been budgeted for, which leaves approximately $3,500 of the proposed amount for the application unfunded.

Chief financial officer Terry Martens suggested the money come from the parks and recreation reserves.

The most costly item is upgrades totalling more than $137,000 to the Hassen Arena; $41,000 has been requested to upgrade cattle and swine barns on the IPE grounds; another $13,400 would be used at the IPE for the red grandstands ($8,400) and the Agriplex ($5,000); and $12,300 has been requested to fix up Centennial Hall.