New hall completed for Île-à-la-Crosse

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Residents of Île-à-la-Crosse will now have a new place to gather with the completion of their community hall.

However, with COVID-19, this is a bittersweet time for the community given that public health restrictions will keep them from using it in the coming months, said Mayor Duane Favel.

“Having that space that holds community gatherings and such as weddings and other activities that we like to do within our communities, I think it's going to be a wonderful place for people to gather and socialize in a healthy way.”

Île-à-la-Crosse used their Municipal Economic Enhancement Program funding that was announced back in May to finally get the project underway to replace the ageing community hall that was donated in 1980. Additional funding has also been secured, Favel said.

The concrete foundation and utility lines are still in good shape, said Île-à-la-Crosse councillor Gerald Roy for an article back in September, so those will remain as they replace the building.

The community is looking forward to being able to use the facility, Favel said.

Becky Zimmer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist