A more than 16,000 square foot expansion to the Bezanson Regional Community Cultural Centre should get underway this fall.
County Council approved another $350,000 in funding at their latest meeting, bringing the county’s total investment in the project to just under $2.2 million.
The facility is very well used and the community has outgrown the current structure.
“It’s always full,” said Leanne Beaupre, Reeve of the County of Grande Prairie, “It seems like whether you’re on the Fire Department Society, or the Ag Society or you’re a member of the Legion, those volunteers seem to be members on all of those groups. They all work for the same community.”
The Bezanson Agricultural Society is not far from their fundraising goal either.
“They’re very close to having the whole amount of money,” Beaupre said. “This will actually finish the project. There will just be some of their furnishings that they will need to still buy, but they’re hoping with the community, and the type of fundraising they’ve done in the past, that the community will step up and help them with that last piece of it.”
An ask for another $350,000 was denied, however, council did appoint administration to work with the Bezanson Agricultural Society on other ways to generate funding.
Council also approved $25,000 that will go to the Wembley & District Agricultural Society. They will have a feasibility study done on a possible expansion to the Wembley Recreation Centre.
Beaupre says they don’t seem to have enough washrooms or change rooms to accommodate all those who use the current recreation centre and football field.
She adds the study should determine how sturdy the structure is, and whether it can be expanded on or if an entirely new building should be erected.