Coun­cil ap­proves fund­ing for Swift Cur­rent play­ground up­grades

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - NEWS - By Matthew Lieben­berg mlieben­[email protected]­t.com

A project to resur­face the play­ground in one of Swift Cur­rent’s largest parks will in­crease safety and im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity for chil­dren.

Coun­cil ap­proved the ten­der from Sher­com In­dus­tries Inc. to resur­face the play­ground in River­side Park at a cost of $111,441.33 (PST in­cluded, GST ex­cluded).

Jim Jones, the City’s gen­eral man­ager of com­mu­nity ser­vices, pro­vided de­tails about the project dur­ing the reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, March 9. The ex­ist­ing play­ground sur­face will be re­placed with a rub­ber sur­face.

“Cur­rently the ex­ist­ing sur­face con­sists of pea gravel and en­gi­neered wood fi­bres, which can be eas­ily moved, re­sult­ing in in­jury, lim­it­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity, and spilling de­bris around the ex­te­rior of the play­ground,” he told the meet­ing.

The City re­ceived ten­der sub­mis­sions from five dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies. A sub­mis­sion by Sher­com In­dus­tries Inc. re­ceived the high­est eval­u­a­tion score and it was con­sid­ered to of­fer the best value to the City. The com­pany will pro­vide a five-year man­u­fac­tur­ers de­fect and a seven-year sur­face de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and crack­ing war­ranty on the new play­ground sur­face.

“A rub­ber sur­face pro­vides the best safety pro­tec­tion and ac­ces­si­bil­ity to­day and is the in­dus­try stan­dard for new play­ground builds,” he said. “This rub­ber sur­face is sim­i­lar to that in­stalled at other play­grounds through­out the city and has been ex­tremely well re­ceived by all de­mo­graph­ics.”

City agree­ment with Swift Cur­rent Curl­ing Club:

The City has en­tered into a new twoyear lease agree­ment with the Swift Cur­rent Curl­ing Club for the use of the curl­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the In­no­va­tion Credit Union iPlex.

Coun­cil ap­proved the new two-year agree­ment for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 sea­sons at the reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, March 9.

The to­tal an­nual rent will be $75,000. This amount is based on a weekly rental fee of $3,571 for a curl­ing sea­son of 21 weeks.

The Swift Cur­rent Curl­ing Club will also make an ad­di­tional an­nual pay­ment of $10,000 for a pe­riod of 10 years to cover pre­vi­ous deficits. This re­turn pay­ment is based on an ar­rear amount of $83,860.80 plus in­ter­est at a rate of 1.5 per cent com­pounded monthly.

City Gen­eral Man­ager of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Jim Jones noted that there has been a long and suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship be­tween the City and the Swift Cur­rent Curl­ing Club. The club suc­cess­fully hosted the Women’s World Curl­ing cham­pi­onship in 2010 and 2016, which re­sulted in a lot of pub­lic­ity for the com­mu­nity and its abil­ity to host ma­jor events.

“The curl­ing club is op­er­ated by a group of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers with the sole pur­pose of grow­ing the sport in Swift Cur­rent, the prov­ince and Canada,” he said.

“De­spite hav­ing a slightly lower par­tic­i­pa­tion rate in 2018-19, the club has worked ex­tremely hard on its mem­ber­ship, spon­sor­ship and vol­un­teers, of­fer­ing more leagues, more bon­spiels and bet­ter or­ga­ni­za­tion in the pro­mo­tion of curl­ing lo­cally.”

He felt a strong part­ner­ship be­tween the City and the club will help to en­hance the sport of curl­ing in the com­mu­nity. The club is plan­ning to host a ma­jor curl­ing event in the next cou­ple of years and it asked the City to be a part­ner in this en­deav­our.

“So it’s a win-win sit­u­a­tion for us,” he said. “We need the curl­ing rink op­er­at­ing, we need the qual­ity vol­un­teers that are there, and I think this was a very good deal.”

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