Mol­son money for Bay Roberts

Town re­ceives $50,000 for pro­posed new clubhouse


Of­fi­cials with the Town of Bay Roberts are hop­ing the pro­posed com­mu­nity cen­tre/clubhouse will push its re­cre­ation pro­file to new heights.

The pro­posed two-storey clubhouse will be a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity and fea­ture mul­ti­ple of­fices, a full-func­tion­ing kitchen, canteen and so­cial space up­stairs, while down­stairs will fea­ture an equip­ment room and male and fe­male dress­ing rooms.

Planned to go on the hill over­look­ing both the soc­cer pitch and the base­ball field at the Wil­bur Sparkes Re­cre­ation Com­plex, there are also plans for a wrap-around deck that will al­low users to watch ei­ther the beau­ti­ful game or a game of slo-pitch.

“It would look sim­i­lar to the clubhouse at Pitcher’s Pond,” Bay Roberts re­cre­ation direc­tor Ian Flynn said last week, re­fer­ring to the clubhouse at the golf course in White­way.

Flynn said it’s an as­set the town has been do­ing with­out since the old clubhouse was shut down years ago.

“We can fit 80-100 peo­ple in the build­ing’s open space, so it’ll be cer­tainly multi-func­tional” he said. “We’ll be able to run summer re­cre­ation pro­gram out of it, and we can run small events and con­fer­ences out of it.”

Right now, the com­plex is with- out proper dress­ing rooms, some­thing that has been re­quested by vis­it­ing ath­letes in the past.

The new clubhouse will fea­ture four dress­ing rooms in the base­ment.

“It is some­thing we need as we start grow­ing in sport tourism,” said Flynn.

He sees the new fa­cil­ity as a com­mu­nity cen­tre that the town can call its own and will have the op­por­tu­nity to bring the en­tire com­mu­nity of Bay Roberts together.

“Once it gets up and run­ning, it’ll be a great av­enue for peo­ple to run their clubs and as­so­ci­a­tions out of,” said Flynn.

Mol­son cheer

While there was money ac­counted for in the 2012 bud­get to cover the en­gi­neer­ing and plan­ning costs, the move­ment for the new clubhouse re­ally got a kickstart when Flynn en­tered Bay Roberts into the Mol­son Coors Com­mu­nity Cheer pro­gram.

“It was kind of like the Kraft con­test. You put you’re name in and then for­get about it, then one day you get a call say­ing you’ve been se­lected,” he said.

Bay Roberts was se­lected as one of 64 orig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties across Canada.

When Mol­son se­lected the town as one of the com­mu­ni­ties, a cam­paign started to get as many “cheers” as pos­si­ble. And, cheers they got.

Some 235 peo­ple from the com­mu­nity logged onto the so­cial me­dia site Face­book to lend their sup­port to the cam­paign. The town needed 225 to be among the fi­nal­ist for fund­ing.

“It’s fan­tas­tic sup­port to have when you need th­ese things,” said Flynn.

Due to the 235 cheers, Bay Roberts was one of 20 towns se­lected to get a share of the $1 mil­lion prize, and the town re­ceived $50,000. A for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion was sched­uled to take place over the week­end.

“We asked for the moon, be­cause we had noth­ing to lose. We wanted $100,000 and we got half of that,” said Flynn.

The money goes right into build­ing ma­te­ri­als for the es­ti­mated $400,000-500,000 fa­cil­ity.

The next step

With prize money in hand, Flynn said the next step will be to se­cure more fund­ing for the build­ing.

“We plan on ap­proach­ing ACOA (At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency) and the provin­cial govern­ment for ad­di­tional fund­ing,” he said.

Flynn also in­di­cated that the town in­tends to look at putting the build­ing in its 2013 bud­get.

There is hope that ground can be bro­ken on the new fa­cil­ity this year, but real­is­ti­cally, Flynn said it’ll prob­a­bly be in 2013.


Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Bay Roberts re­cre­ation and tourism direc­tor Ian Flynn shows off the plans for the pro­posed clubhouse ex­pected to be placed on the Wil­bur Sparkes Re­cre­ation Com­plex.

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