30-year-old rink still needs funding

30-year-old rink still needs funding Government GULL LAKE Health & Wellness  Town Council Rink Revitalization Project Gull Lake Recreation Complex Aviva Community Fund
By Jordan Parker
The Gull Lake Rink is enjoying a 30-year milestone.  Richie Bleau, three-year chairman of the Gull Lake Rink Board, says the facility represents a great deal to the little town.

“The rink is huge. It’s used in the summer and the winter, whether it be for hockey, skating, events or meetings,” he said.

But the historical Gull Lake Recreation Complex needs funding and renovations to continue to thrive. The Gull Lake Rink Board has begun the Rink Revitalization Project, and have petitioned the Aviva Community Fund to help.  They are currently in the third round, but need votes to stay in contention.

“Getting funding is imperative. Some things need to be replaced, electrical wiring needs changing, and without funding from Aviva and the community, we can’t keep the doors open,” said Bleau.

Bleau has only been helping with the rink for seven years, but has seen huge change in that time.  “We got a whole new ice surface and the hall on the south end was completed and looks good. We just got new boards and glass, and the seating in the south end saw a major improvement,” he said.  He says the rink is really a project the community should get behind.

“As chairman I’m proud of how the rink looks for a town of 1,000 people. We’ve done a good job of keeping it together,”
he said.  “I just want to give recognition to our volunteers and the town recognition for the rink. It’s something we’re proud
to get behind.”

Gull Lake Mayor Blake Campbell calls the rink “a real focal point and gathering place” for the town.  “We are a solid sports community, and I admire the work the board has done with the facility over the last 30 years,”  he said.

“We have a class one rink facility and recreational complex.  Council and I appreciate the work that’s been done and the undertaking that has been the revitalization project.”

Campbell was adamant that the community get involved with the Aviva campaign.

“We have a good chance at $100,000, and all you have to do is click and vote. It’s better than the board being put in the position of finding donations.

“We hope people continue to be behind it, because we have a good momentum going.”

To find out more information about the Aviva fund, or to
vote, go to https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf19682.
You can vote 15 times during this round, and once per day. This round ends Nov. 24.

Via: The Gull Lake Advance Extra

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