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Partners celebrate construction of the Martensville Community Recreation Centre with sod-turning event

by Government of Saskatchewan

City of Martensville Council, along with Indigenous leaders and government officials, gathered today to celebrate construction, which started early in 2023, on the new Martensville Community Recreation Centre. The Recreation Centre is a $44.5 million facility that will provide space for recreation, community and cultural gatherings in the region.

The Government of Canada is investing up to $17,817,302 and the Government of Saskatchewan is investing up to $14,846,266 toward the City’s new Community Recreation Centre project. The City is responsible for the remainder and any additional project costs.

“Modern recreational infrastructure is essential to keeping our communities vibrant,” said the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “The Martensville Community Recreation Centre will offer residents a place to be active and create memories for generations to come. The beginning of construction on this project is great news for all community members.”

“The Government of Saskatchewan is helping make this important project become a reality for the region by investing more than $14.8 million toward the City of Martensville’s Community Recreation Centre,” said the Honourable Don McMorris, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Government Relations. “The completed facility will provide greater opportunities for sports, culture and other gatherings – events that provide economic activity and bring people together, build fond memories and ultimately strengthen the heart of a community.”

“It’s thanks for our partners in the federal and provincial government, our donors, and the volunteers at the Martensville Community Recreation Project, and all of the construction workers that we are here today watching this wonderful recreation facility unfold,” said Kent Muench, Mayor of the City of Martensville. “The Centre will provide space for people in our region to gather, will boost our economy through the ability to host large sporting events, and will bring jobs to the region during construction as well as once it is operational.”

The Centre is located within Trilogy Ranch, a new major 680-acre residential and commercial development located just west of Highway 12 and bordering the City’s current west boundary, on 6.68 acres of land donated by Canwest and North Prairie Developments in 2020.

John Williams, Canwest President and CEO, and his family donated the land for the facility, valued at $3 million.
“We have been involved with the City of Martensville for close to 30 years,” said Williams. “This donation is our way to give back to the community we have been part of, as a business partner. We certainly saw the need for a much larger scale recreation facility. Communities like Martensville thrive when everyone can work together for a common goal.”

Wright Construction and aodbt Architects are managing all aspects of the design and construction of the facility.
“Wright Construction is honored to provide construction services for the Martensville Community Recreation Centre. We are excited about the opportunities a facility like this will provide for the City of Martensville and will continue to work diligently with our design partners to finalize design and construction,” said Lorne Wright.

In December 2022, the Martensville Community Recreation Project (MCRP), together with the City of Martensville, launched the Lace ‘Em Up Campaign. The campaign goal of $4 million was set to complete the MCRP’s community fundraising goal.

Jesse Reis, Ahlana Ehalt, and Bartt Timms of the MCRP thanked donors for their generous contributions, and everyone who has volunteered, supported the groups’ fund-raising events, and committed funds to the project.

“The sod turning is a step closer to more opportunities for our community,” said Reis. “This journey was always about opportunity and bringing people together. We reflect on all the people and businesses that have graciously given, whether it be monetary or the gift of their time. Every dollar and every second given to this project, our group is humbled by the support.”

There is still time to donate. The MCRP continues to accept donations naming rights for various facility amenities. There are many ways to give to the campaign. Pledges can be made over five years and can include gifts of appreciated securities. For example, for a gift of only $17 per month for five years, your name can be included on the facility’s donor wall. All donations received may qualify for a charitable tax receipt.

Donations can be made at www.mcrp.ca/donate or dropped off at City Hall. For more information on the Centre, visit Martensville.ca.

ABOVE: John Williams, Canwest President and CEO, along with his wife take a photo with Venture Heights students and Principal Ron Biberdorf, government officials, Mayor Kent Muench, and several members of the MCRP committee. Williams and his family donated the land for the facility, valued at $3 million.

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