Alberta pours $500,000 into Jasper pool, rink
Craig Gilbert | email@example.com
Alberta’s culture minister was on hand as West Yellowhead MLA Eric Rosendahl dropped off two cheques at the Jasper Activity Centre Friday afternoon worth a combined $496,095.
The total represents one-third of two major projects at the complex, the replacement of the water slide and the curling rink’s slab and brine lines.
“It’s talking about making sure people have access for recreation purposes,” Minister of Culture and Minister Responsible for Sport Ricardo Miranda said outside the Jasper Aquatic Centre on April 20. “It’s really about making life better for everybody, and of course it does contribute to tourism, as they use the same infrastructure.”
He said Rosendahl’s notes on the project brought the importance of the projects.
Jasper Fire Chief Greg Van Tighem said the waterslide is a draw for visitors and residents.
“The waterslide is probably one of the reasons this facility is so busy, people come just for the slide,” he said. “My kids grew up on that waterslide and it’s showing it’s age. My son is 29 now.”
As a team playing in the third Oil Kings weekend tournament this month turned from the JAC walkway on to the Bonhomme Street sidewalk, he said many groups of kids like that play their game for the day and head to the pool for some fun.
“School groups from surrounding areas come here, and outside the province, tourists on a rainy day, this place is lined up to get in here,” he continued. “Thanks very much to the provincial government for providing that one-third. That was significant.”
Culture and Recreation director Yvonne McNabb hopes to get the waterslide replaced during a shutdown in November, if not then, in April.
She said the slide had been shut down due to safety issues
The Friends of Jasper Culture & Recreation Society received funding from the Government of Alberta Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) in the amount of $200,000 to help replace the waterslide at the Jasper Aquatic Centre.
The Jasper Curling Club was also successful in its CFEP application and received $296,095 to replace the curling rink slab and brine lines.