Hassen wish list drawn up

Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission is preparing an upgrades wish list for the Hassen Arena.

Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission is preparing an upgrades wish list for the Hassen Arena.

And the $236,000-plus list price tag could only cost the municipalities less than one per cent of the bill.

The provincial government has announced up to 80 per cent grant funding is available to local governments for parks and recreation facilities.

Combine that with the $25,000 Armstrong won this summer for Hassen Arena upgrades in the TSN Kraft Celebration tour, and the city and Township of Spallumcheen would only have to shell out slightly more than $11,000 of arena improvement project.

“For an investment of $11,000, we could end up with more than $236,000 in upgrades,” said Armstrong Coun. Kelly Rowe, who sits on the parks and recreation commission.

The two main Hassen Arena project costs are $67,000 to fix the floor surface, and $58,240 to install four hydraulic basketball hoops inside the facility.

In-floor heating, ceiling repairs, painting and plumbing are also on the wish list.

The total cost of the project is $236,161.44. If successful in obtaining grant funding, the city and township would each pay $11,116.

Armstrong council unanimously agreed to support the grant application (Coun. John Trainor was absent from the meeting).

Funding the city’s portion would come from its parks and recreation reserve and/or general revenue, depending on spring budget deliberations.