The Martensville Community Recreation Project (MCRP) committee has donated $150,000 to the City of Martensville to help fund
a new recreation facility in the community.
The committee made the donation, the product of four year’s worth of fundraising efforts, at its annual NHL Playoff Draft event on April 8.
“It’s a good starting point for us. With this donation, the publicity from this donation, we can raise more awareness,” said MCRP chairperson Jesse Reis. “In hindsight, for a rink it’s still fairly small but it’s a step in the right direction and for something that started four years ago as a pretty big dream, we know we’re on the right path, and that’s the biggest thing for us.”
The city has started the process of making this project a reality. Reis said that preliminary plans are currently being drawn up.
“The ball is rolling and that’s the biggest thing. And for us to be able to commit this money, I think shows the commitment of our committee,” he said.
Another purpose of the committee is to raise awareness that a second recreation facility in Martensville is needed and so far the community is buying in.
“A lot of local businesses helped out sponsoring some of our events. Local businesses have given us money in donations,” Reis said.
He said local groups have also supported the initiative. The Buster Days and Ladies Night committees donated money from their respective events.
The NHL Playoff Draft is one of the many events the MCRP organizes to raise funds. Reis also mentioned that the the donations “from the great people of the community” help get the group to where they are today.
There is still a long way to go for the MCRP to reach its ultimate goal, but Reis believes if the committee continues to be a presence in the community that will help spread the word.
“Raising the awareness piece is a big part of it too. So I mean, getting more people on board and getting more people to buy into the idea that we need something bigger out here. We are a growing community and we are a young community and we are a great community,” Reis said.
From here on, the MCRP committee will make an annual donation from its fundraising efforts.
“We’ll just keep pushing forward, we don’t know what the number’s going to be, we don’t know if it’ll be as large, we’ll just keep pushing forward and keep trying to make this community greater than it already is,” Reis said.