Future County Sportsplex to Provide More Recreation Options
With the shovel in the ground at today’s official groundbreaking ceremony, construction is already underway on the 176,043 square-foot County Sportsplex.
The new regional facility, which will open its doors as early as the fall of 2012, will house twin ice rinks and a half-size indoor soccer pitch, one of Alberta’s largest indoor soccer pitches. It will also contain office and retail space, and future plans include several outdoor playing fields.
Located on 42-acres just west of the County administration buildings, Everett McDonald, County of Grande Prairie Reeve said the site’s central location is ideal as it is easily accessible from all corners of the County as well as from the City of Grande Prairie and communities throughout the region.
“What we are hearing from local sports groups in the County and City is that there is a real need for more ice time and more access to indoor soccer,” said McDonald. “The Sportsplex not only addresses the needs we have today, but has plenty of space to meet future demand.”
McDonald added: “This facility does not compete with other recreational facilities, but adds capacity to the array of options already in place throughout the region, including the new pool in Beaverlodge and the City’s new Multiplex.”
Since initial planning in 2009, square-foot costs for the Sportsplex have decreased from $190 per square-foot to $175. The overall construction cost for the pre-engineered facilty is $29,192,359 million.
The County has retained the Workun Garrick Partnership to provide architectural services. Grande Prairie-based Kaldon Construction will serve as Construction Manager.
The Sportsplex and site will be owned by the County of Grande Prairie, and privately operated by Calgary-based Nustadia Recreation Inc.
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Distracted Driving Legislation (Bill 16)
|Distracted Driving Law in Effect
Now in Effect
Restricts drivers from:
The most frequently asked question regarding the new law is whether pets are specifically addressed by the law. Here’s the answer! In situations where the driver becomes too involved with their pet, police could reasonably argue that the distraction is comparable to the specifically banned activities of reading, writing and grooming and lay a charge.
Also, existing legislation – Traffic Safety Act 115(2)(i) – allows police to charge a driver who permits anything, including a pet, to occupy the front seat of the vehicle such that it interferes with the driver’s access to the vehicle controls and the safe operation of the vehicle. Further, Traffic Safety Act 115(2)(j) – allows police to charge a driver who permits anything, including a pet, to cause any obstruction to the driver’s clear vision in any direction. We encourage the continued use of these existing provisions.
If a driver violates a new distracted driving provision and an existing provision in the Traffic Safety Act it would be up to the discretion of the officer as to if one or both charges would apply.
For the safety of both pets and road users, it is best if pets are secured in an appropriate pet care.
When you want to eat the gold-standard of food, “locally grown organic”!
Mazen Assaf’s reputation for a high Standard of Quality Food and Service at reasonable prices has made Tito’s Restaurant an enjoyable eatery at 101, 10006-101 Ave, Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Making each visit a delightful and satisfying experience is their goal. Both family and staff take great pride in serving people. This pride continues in their commitment to serve mouth-watering meals at reasonable prices – in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
At Tito’s Restaurant, you are going to get locally grown food and you can connect with the growers if you choose, please ask.
Part of our success is that we use locally grown fresh ingredients and take pride in creating our sauces, gravies, dressings and soups in the old tradition …. from scratch! – Mazen Assaf
Friendship and Kind Words are shared around the house!