Prov­ince con­trib­utes $300,000 to fix of U of C field hockey pitch

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION - ZACH LAING [email protected]­media.com twit­ter.com/zjlaing

A $300,000 grant is go­ing to go a long way for an ag­ing Uni­ver­sity of Cal­gary field hockey pitch.

The gov­ern­ment cash will go to­ward resur­fac­ing Hawk­ings Field — home of the uni­ver­sity’s women’s field hockey team — ex­tend­ing the life of the fa­cil­ity by 15 years.

“Our in­vest­ment in im­prove­ments to Hawk­ings Field will ben­e­fit more than 2,000 area ath­letes who can con­tinue to en­joy their favourite sport in a high-qual­ity fa­cil­ity they can be proud of,” said Cul­ture and Tourism Min­is­ter Ri­cardo Mi­randa. “Help­ing to en­sure ac­cess to public sport and re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties in com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince makes life bet­ter for Al­ber­tans pur­su­ing healthy, ac­tive life­styles.”

Along with the uni­ver­sity team, 1,300 Al­berta Field Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers and more than 700 Cal­gary high school ath­letes use the field. The grant is cou­pled with $700,000 in pre­vi­ously funded money, which will bring the to­tal project cost to $1 mil­lion.

Bur­gundy Bilet­ski, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Al­berta Field Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, called the grant a gift.

“It is an amaz­ing gift to thou­sands of field hockey ath­letes and en­thu­si­asts across the prov­ince, and al­lows our sport to con­tinue to flour­ish and ex­pand in Al­berta,” she said.

The grant was pro­vided through the Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity En­hance­ment Pro­gram.

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