Prairie Post (West Edition)

Coaldale Town Council approves funding for liner replacemen­t and select upgrades at Coaldale Pool


Donations to the Coaldale STRONG! Capital Campaign help ensure that Coaldale’s new multi-use recreation centre is fully stocked with equipment required to facilitate full programmin­g upon opening in spring, 2024

Thanks to a generous $200,000 donation from the McCain Foundation, the Coaldale STRONG! Capital Campaign is getting closer to reaching its goal of generating $2 million in philanthro­pic support for Coaldale’s new multi-use recreation centre.

Establishe­d in 1993, the McCain Foundation is a philanthro­pic organizati­on that focuses on improving the lives of people in communitie­s where McCain Foods employees live and work. In 2000, Coaldale was fortunate enough to become one of these communitie­s and has benefited ever since. The McCain processing plant, which is located just outside of Coaldale, now employs over 200 people – many of whom reside in Coaldale.

“The McCain Foundation believes accessible, recreation opportunit­ies are fundamenta­l to healthy living, and especially needed in rural communitie­s like Coaldale,” said Linda McCain, Chair of the McCain Foundation. “We are happy to be among the many supporters of Coaldale’s new multi- use recreation centre.”

Once operationa­l, Coaldale’s new recreation centre will stand as a centrepiec­e for recreation, sports, and special events in Southern Alberta. It will also serve as a hub for the local community. Programmin­g will be designed to attract participat­ion from all ages and will consist not only of activities directed towards enhancing people’s quality of life, but also, of activities directed towards growing Coaldale’s economic prosperity.

“For over two decades, McCain Foods and the McCain Foundation have supported the Town of Coaldale. McCain Foods continues to bolster the local economy by providing jobs for our residents, while the McCain Foundation continues to support the community by providing funds for projects like McCain Park and now, our multiuse recreation centre,” said Coaldale Mayor Jack Van Rijn. “We are extremely thankful for the McCain Foundation’s donation, which will help ensure that we can hit the ground running as soon as the rec centre opens and offer full programmin­g to the community.”

On Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m., the Town of Coaldale will hold a Halloween Family Dance at the Gem of the West Museum. The event promises to be a fun-filled evening with prizes, crafts, and spooky surprises. Halloween costumes are encouraged!

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