Kronau rink gets $103K from gov't

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Fundraising for Kronau’s outdoor rink project took another step forward Feb. 9 when provincial government relations minister Don McMorris announced federal approval of funding for several infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan.

McMorris announced the funding in an address to the Municipalities of Saskatchewan convention, with the Kronau facility among 30 projects that will receive over $6.9 million in combined funding. The projects had been recommended last year by Saskatchewan for federal approval through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

Under the ICIP program, Kronau’s rink committee is slated to receive $46,868 from the provincial government and $56,247 from Ottawa, to go along with a local contribution of $37,503.

Local committee members declined to comment on the announced funding as they believe they have not yet received the green light from the federal government to do so. A post from last February on the project’s Facebook page however stated the committee had raised a little over $61,000 toward a preliminary goal of $130,000.

“The Government of Saskatchewan invests in infrastructure to strengthen communities and stimulate the economy, as people across our great province work together to meet the challenges of COVID-19,” McMorris said in a press release. “More than $6.9 million of provincial funding will help 30 infrastructure projects become a reality. They will improve quality of life and help continue to build a strong Saskatchewan.”

The press release also noted the project includes building a new outdoor skating rink, shack, and cement pad to allow for the facility to be used year-round.

Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum