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Canada 150 recreational facility improvements benefit residents

Mon Dec 18 13:10:49 CST 2017

Under shared funding with the federal government, $1.67 million has been invested this year to enhance a number of our recreational facilities, with $836,000 coming from the City and $836,000 from the federal government.

By the end of 2017, the City will have completed upgrading lighting systems at a number of indoor ice arenas and indoor pools throughout the city, the pool water treatment system at the North West Leisure Centre and much-needed improvements to four community spray pads.
“These improvements positively impact users and increase the vibrancy of our community. These facilities play a big part in the quality of life our residents enjoy, and being able to provide programs and updated amenities now and in the future is one of the City’s priorities,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “The Canada 150 investments are helping communities across Canada, and we are thankful to the federal government for providing this support.”

The 2016 federal budget provided an additional $5.7 million through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program for 67 projects in Saskatchewan. This investment funded renovations, expansions and upgrades to existing community and cultural infrastructure facilities across the province.

“Recreational facilities are the heartbeat of Canadian communities,” said the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada. “The Government of Canada is proud to support healthy community infrastructure and these upgrades to the City of Regina’s multiple recreational facilities will form a lasting legacy from Canada’s 150th anniversary.”

With this funding, the City has been able to focus on projects aimed at improving sports, culture and recreation infrastructure. Six indoor ice arenas received new lighting systems: Murray Balfour, Jack Hamilton, Clarence Mahon, Jack Staples, Al Ritchie and Doug Wickenheiser. The old lights were replaced with new fixtures using new LED lighting technologies that improve performance as well as reduce energy consumption.

The Sportplex (Fieldhouse & Lawson) received pool and emergency lighting upgrades that also use new LED lighting technologies that improve performance and reduce energy consumption. The North West Leisure Centre received pool water treatment upgrades that have improved the air and water quality. In addition, lighting upgrades using new LED lighting technologies have improved performance and energy consumption.

Four of Regina’s neighbourhood and community spray pads have also undergone improvements through new construction and new play elements. Rick Hansen Optimist Playground, Gocki Park, Maple Ridge and Parkridge Park Spray Pads will now offer better play options for children. 

Table: Summary of Canada 150 Spending

Enhancement to Recreational Facilities Infrastructure

in 2017



CIP 150


  • LED lighting upgrades
  • Water system upgrades




Indoor Arena Rink Lighting

  • Jack Staples Rink
  • Jack Hamilton Rink
  • Murray Balfour Rink
  • Clarence Mahon Rink
  • Doug Wickenheiser Rink
  • Al Ritchie Rink




Sportplex (Fieldhouse & Lawson)

  • Lighting upgrades




Spray Pad Upgrades

  • Maple Ridge Spray Pad
  • Rick Hansen Spray Pad
  • Parkridge Spray Pad
  • Gocki Park Spray Pad




                                        TOTAL         $1,673,000