A Change for the Better
MLA George Rogers and New Sarepta Agricultural Society President Craig Millar join the New Sarepta Eagles (on right) and the Warburg Sharks on the ice, celebrating that they were two of the first teams to benefit from the Agriplex's brand new locker rooms.
The brand new change rooms in the New Sarepta Agriplex were showcased on Friday January 10th with proud members from the New Sarepta Agricultural Society, the New Sarepta Golden Pioneers and Leduc County leading the way.
The recently completed upgrade more than doubles the size of the previous dressing rooms, increasing the space from just 227 square feet to 540 square feet.
At the dressing room unveiling, Leduc-Beaumont MLA George Rogers, presented the New Sarepta and District Agricultural Society with a $125,000 grant from the Community Facility Enhancement Program to be put toward the expansion.
“I’m very pleased that the provincial government had the opportunity to contribute to this important project to serve the people of New Sarepta,” says Rogers. “I applaud the organizers for having a regional vision for this project.”
Glen Finstad, a Councillor from the City of Leduc who was on hand for the tour, was also very impressed with the ongoing expansion project. "It's kind of surprising to see what they have done here. It is going to be quite an impressive facility for such a small community when it's finished. It will be very good for the area as it should enable New Sarepta to attract and host some larger events when it's completed."
The dressing rooms, which have been completed in just under nine months, is only one small portion of the expansion project. Still under construction is a new gathering space for the New Sarepta Golden Pioneers seniors club, several new offices including a new home for the local FCSS division and a tiny branch of the ATB Bank. A huge new space that will be a multi-purpose area for banquets/weddings/events, is directly accessible through what will become the new entrance to the building, as well as a large attached commercial kitchen. The former multi-purpose rooms upstairs are being repurposed into a home for a daycare facility and a gym.
“The progress we’ve seen with this facility over the last nine months demonstrates how the hard work of community stakeholders can pay off in a big way to fulfill a need in the community,” says Rick Smith, division one councillor. “The improvements at this facility will benefit Leduc County residents, while attracting individuals from across the capital region.”
The entire expansion project is projected to cost $6.848 million with Leduc County committed to funding up to $6.7 million. This debenture will be reduced by grant funding, sponsorship commitments and community funding. Local groups have already raised more than $250,000 for the project to date.
Originally built in 1972 the New Sarepta Agriplex has undergone several previous renovations with this latest one being the largest undertaken since its initial construction. This project is expected to be completed in June of this year.
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