‘We have a kitchen we can be proud of now’

Enbridge’s L3RP supports community hall and arena upgrades across Western Canada

The Elkhorn Agricultural Society will hold its 125th annual fair next summer.

But a project like this will truly create a sense of permanence, says Evan Overand.

With an aging canteen, regular port-a-potty rentals, and no potable water at various buildings on its agricultural grounds, the society is eyeing a more hospitable scenario.

A 900-square-foot facility with full kitchen, board room, indoor eating area and permanent washrooms, as well as an adjacent covered picnic area, is now in the works in the southwest Manitoba community.

“For big events, we have to make all the food at the curling rink and then transport it up to the fairgrounds,” says Overand, vice president of the Elkhorn Agricultural Society. “We’re looking for something more permanent. It’s hard when your event’s at one end of town, and you’ve got to do everything else at the other end.”

The facility is expected to be complete by 2019, and will play host to sports tournaments, family reunions, barrel racing, the annual fair, and other community events.

Enbridge recently donated $5,000 to the Elkhorn Agricultural Society for this new all-purpose facility—and it’s one of many community hall, arena or fairground upgrade projects recently supported in Western Canada as part of our Line 3 Replacement Program (L3RP).

This project reflects Enbridge’s ongoing commitment to enhancing pipeline safety and reliability. It’s also a demonstration of our commitment to strengthening the social fabric in the communities where we live and work.

In east-central Alberta, the Friends of the Sedgewick Recreation Center Society recently completed a project similar to the Elkhorn concept. While the local rec center has a hockey arena, four sheets of curling ice, a four-lane bowling alley, a public library and a playschool, the kitchen was showing its age.

With a full-scale renovation that includes a walk-in cooler and freezer, new commercial flooring, an island food prep area, a new coat of paint and a modern look, the new kitchen serves hot and cold meals to rec center users, the general public, and high school students who wander across the street for lunch.

“It’s a better place to work for the staff, and it’s so much more appealing to the public,” says Kari Sanders of the Sedgewick Recreation Center Society, whose project received a $7,500 grant from Enbridge. “I know with some places, people will take one look at the kitchen and say: ‘I’m not eating here.’ We have a kitchen we can be proud of now.”

Through the Line 3 Replacement Program, we also recently supported these community hall, arena or fairground upgrade projects:

  • New lighting and infrastructure at the community hall in Hardisty, AB ($50,000);
  • Flooring replacement at the community hall in Bruxelles, MB ($5,000);
  • Roof replacement at the rink in Maryfield, SK ($10,000);
  • Various repairs at the skating rink in Craik, SK ($10,000);
  • Roof upgrades at the community hall in Macklin, SK ($30,000);
  • Construction of a multi-use field for skating, soccer and T-ball in Grand Coulee, SK ($10,000);
  • Washroom upgrade at the Czar, AB, Curling Club ($2,000);
  • Window, flooring and siding renovations to the community hall in Pense, SK ($20,000);
  • Interior and exterior renovations to the community hall in Dinsmore, SK ($5,000);
  • Sidewalk replacement at the community hall in Metiskow, AB ($5,000);
  • Various renovations at the community center in Loreburn, SK ($10,000);
  • Dressing room renovations at the arena in Somerset, MB ($10,000);
  • Replacing the boiler in the community hall at Plenty, SK ($5,000);
  • An accessibility project, with elevator and automatic doors, at the arena in Wawanesa, MB ($10,000);
  • An arena upgrade in Luseland, SK ($7,500); and
  • Various renovations at the civic center in Rosetown, SK ($45,000).

During the construction phase of the L3RP, Enbridge will be investing more than $3 million in community-focused initiatives in 2017 and 2018 in towns across Canada.