Permanent Outdoor Rink-Community Hub

In the winters of 2018/19 and 2019/20,  the CHPH Community Association supported an Adopt a Rink and hosted community skating parties on Boxing Day. The rink is used throughout the winter and the skating parties were quite well attended, showing us that this was a fun way for neighbours to gather together.

Given the success of the temporary rink we are moving forward with making it a more permanent fixture in our community. 

We propose to build a small, hard surface sports court that can be used year-round, with a small shed for storage, and a warming hut/change room. We envision a space used for sports such as basketball or inline skating in the summer, fall, and spring, that can also be flooded in the winter to provide a skating rink.

Furthermore, we see an opportunity to really make this a community hub with the addition of benches, picnic tables, and a fire pit, plus the potential for community gardens.

Scroll to the end to fill out a survey and give us your opinions and feedback on the proposed hub!

Volunteers Needed!

The current board does not have all the expertise needed to make this a reality, so we are asking for help. If you are as excited as we are, please let us know! Building this vision is not easy, so we need the following:

Funding Coordinator - This person should have experience applying for Grants, knowledge of AGLC regulations, fundraising, and asking for in-kind donations.

Financial Manager - Working with the funding coordinator, this person would be our budget master! They would be responsible for everything in relation to project budget, invoices, bills

Future Roles:

Community Relations - We will need site line surveys and community engagement.

Construction PM - to manage the site once construction begins

Operations Team Lead - to maintain the site and manage the ice volunteers

Below are a few photos showing some of our inspiration.

An example of a Sport Court 50' x 80' in the town of Marie-Reine, AB. This is the approximate size we are aiming for, and this one also includes lighting and basketball nets.

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An overhead view of what our sport hub could potentially look like.

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This is a rink/court at a private residence, featuring short boards.

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This is the Shaganappi Community rink. They have a fire pit with benches which really adds to the ambiance. The Wildwood Community Association is another example of a great hub. They also have firepits and benches next to their ODR.

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This is the community garden at the Wildwood Community Association. We have had some inquires about community gardens at CHPH and we feel it would be a wonderful addition to the community hub.

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