Five years of fundraising efforts by volunteers with the Martensville Community Recreation Project (MCRP) are bearing fruit.
A conceptual drawing and architectural floor plan for a proposed multi-purpose facility were unveiled to the public at the MCRP’s annual hockey draft fundraising event on Sunday, April 7.
The design concept by AODBT is based on several months of community consultations. The location of the building has not yet been determined, but it will not be connected to either the existing Martensville arena or to the Martensville Athletic Facility. The first phase of the proposed building is estimated to cost between $12 to $13 million.
The proposed multipurpose facility is designed to be built in several phases over a number of years as funding becomes available.
The initial phase includes a hockey area with a smaller leisure ice surface at one end similar to the one in the Warman Legends Centre. It will also include dressing rooms, a climbing wall, spectator lounge, seating area and kitchen.
Phase 2 would include a second hockey arena with dressing rooms and spectator seating. Phase 3 would see the addition of two indoor soccer fields, dressing rooms, concession area and storage areas. The fourth and final phase would include a third ice arena.
The second floor in all phases includes seating, retail, office and multi-purpose rooms.
Jesse Reis with the MCRP said the unveiling of the proposed floor plan is a watershed event in the fundraising process. He announced the committee will be presenting the City of Martensville with a cheque for $75,000 this year; the result of the group’s fundraising efforts over the past year.
“Last year, we raised $150,000 toward the project,” said Reis at the event. “Altogether, that’s $225,000 which is going toward this multi-purpose complex to help our families and help our kids.
“This vision is becoming a reality thanks to the support of the people of Martensville and area.”
Martensville-Warman MLA Nancy Heppner spoke at the MCRP event, offering her congratulations to the volunteer group and the city for their successful efforts so far.
Eagle Creek-Carlton Trail MP Kelly Block who was not able to be at the event, also offered her congratulations in a letter read by Martensville City Councillor Mike Cox.
Martensville Deputy Mayor Tyson Chillog said the city is fully supportive of the project and is putting financial resources into the proposed building. He noted the city will be looking to the province to also contribute funding.