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By: Colin May On: February 01, 2023 In: Community Comments: 0

FEBRUARY 2023 – Sponsors, donations, grants – oh my!

As noted in our last blog post, we are excited to be able to partner with Parks Foundation Calgary to receive online and offline donations to our Hockey Rink rebuild project – not only can you benefit from feeling great about supporting our local community and our rink users, but you can benefit from a tax receipt too! If you want to stop reading now, check out sandstonemacewan.com/donate for all the info!

But there’s more! While every dollar matters – no matter how big or small a donation you can afford – we want to call out & thank our friends, heroes, supporters and sponsors of our project. In exchange for your generosity & depending on the tier selected, we want to recognize your contribution – this could include calling it out on our social media, in our newsletter, on the website, on a future wall/plaque at the rink itself, or even as a season’s worth of rink boards starting later this year.

We have lots of information on our website – hit the red donate button at the top of the SMCA website, scan our QR codes around the community, head over to sandstonemacewan.com/donate, email info@sandstonemacewan.com, or reach out to any of our board of directors for more information. We would love to chat about any grants, sponsorship or donation opportunity you can think of with us.

Thank you in advance – our community loves this rink. It brings our families together, a place to meet friends, and despite some -20c temperatures from time to time, we all enjoy the outdoors.

Your donation matters to making this a fully funded project – please don’t assume that SMCA will get the money from somewhere else; it will take an entire team effort to get there!


DECEMBER 2022 – Things are coming together ..

As we all prepare for the Christmas holidays, the rink build committee would like to give a brief update on the build process.  But first, we’d like to remind you that our current hockey rink is still much loved and is cared for by a dedicated crew of volunteer rink rats. Please consider joining this incredible team – even an hour here or an hour there makes all the difference! Simply drop info@sandstonemacewan.com an email, and we’ll introduce you!

Additionally – SMCA is fortunate that we have some used skates available; if you or someone you know is in need of skates, please let us know and we may be able to provide some depending on size. We also have a limited number of hockey sticks to go along with them potentially.

Now for the quick update from the rink build committee ahead of the end of 2022:

  • Congratulations to our first 50/50 winner, who is taking home $2,012.50. The winner generously has offered to donate a portion of their winnings back to the SMCA reink rebuild – thank you! This raffle was a great start, and the SMCA rink rebuild team will announce a new raffle in the new year.

  • We are pleased to announce that we have been accepted into the amazing Parks Foundation Calgary project support program. This acceptance brings substantial benefits to the SMCA project, and we would like to thank PFC for accepting us!
    • Partnering with PFC will benefit the SMCA rebuild project in several different ways. For example, it will allow us to offer tax receipts to both online and offline donations, open other doors to grant applications, enable further reach into the community and expand the visibility of our project, support our volunteers with financial reporting & payment services and so on. 
    • More information can be found at https://www.parksfdn.com/project-support-program
    • As we finish setting up the process with PFC, we will announce when we can receive donations online or offline, as well as any conditions that apply to tax receipts.

  • The City of Calgary, its official partner and the SMCA committee have met numerous times over the last 30 days to review the draft architectural plans, outline costs (with documented margins of opinion) and discuss feature requirements. As these plans become firmer in the new year, we can start sharing them via this blog. We are also working with the partners to confirm how to engage a general contractor who can support the build process.

  • We are also preparing our communications plans for the community in the new year. Starting with the local schools, community groups and neighbours, we want to ensure we are as transparent as possible regarding likely timeframes, use of the rink, closure of the rink, and so on as the rebuild planning stage is put into motion.

And finally – our thanks to everyone who has supported us so far. It will take our entire community and friends to complete the rebuild; we look forward to the new year and wish you all a happy holiday season.


NOVEMBER 2022 – Fifty fifty! Come and get your 50/50 tickets!

Our first 50/50 raffle opens November 1st! Check out the link below or click on the tickets icon … every dollar helps raise funds and closes the gap to having a fully funded hockey rink rebuild!

https://www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/smca


OCTOBER 2022 – Fundraising kick off shortly!

We promised, mentioned, subtly hinted and straight up talked about it our board meeting – the SMCA is about to kick off its fundraising drive to get ready for next years rink rebuild! But first, we wanted to provide more information as to how the rink rebuild will be funded – and why we need your help.

The SMCA hockey rink sits on land between the two schools in Sandstone – this land is leased by the Community Association (CA) as part of the City of Calgarys “Lease of Occupation” program, and as such is the responsibility of SMCA – it is not automatically replaced at its end of life by the City of Calgary.

As SMCA operates as a registered society in Alberta, we do not have the ability to fund this rebuild ourselves. A significant part of this project is to build relationships and work on funding from multiple sources – provincial grants (CFEP), municipal programs (CCG), capital savings, private donations & fund raising.

The target we have set on the tracker to the right of this page reflects the current gap we believe needs closing to ensure the project is fully funded. The projects budget is being built by SMCA, the City and its official subcontractors and will easily be in excess of $500,000. As the budget becomes finalized, we will update the targets on this page and post an update.

If you or your family, group, sports team or organization make use of the SMCA community hockey rink, please consider making a donation or entering one of our raffles/events – every dollar counts and will go a long way towards making this facility available for many years to come.


SEPTEMBER 2022 – Waiting for the Survey Results

As we wait for the official survey results to come back, the SMCA hockey rink rebuild committee has met with the City of Calgary, its representatives and its official partners to review progress so far. On the agenda for the call was reviewing drainage options for the new rink, confirming which of the external components of the rink were under review (such as the seating / decking), the location of the gates & width, and so on. We continue to work the city to create a preliminary budget on what will be required to fund the rink, with the accuracy of the forecast getting greater and narrower on each pass of the review.

On the subject of financials, the SMCA has recently received a very generous donation to its fund raising efforts from a local community group – more to follow on that in the coming weeks! We are also in touch with other groups in the city to assist with fund raising & reviewing all relevant AGLC rules on raffles, 50/50s and so on. We hope to announce the beginning of further fund raising very soon!


AUGUST 2022 – Surveying Begins

Preliminary survey work will begin this month in and around the existing SMCA hockey rink in anticipation for the new rink build in summer 2023. Great West Drilling rigs are carrying out this work and are completely equipped in obtaining drive samples in a safe and efficient way through the use of automatic drop hammers. This equipment will be on site the week of August 22nd, for safety reasons please vacate the rink area when the sampling work is occurring!

Thank you.


JUNE 2022 – Updates and Progress

The SMCA rink build committee & the SMCA board are excited to report on the following build progress.  These items are mighty steps towards the hockey rink build targeted for Summer 2023 – 

Provincial grant

– SMCA was successful in its application to the provincial governments “Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP)”.  The proposal was accepted and SMCA was subsequently awarded it’s request towards the rink build.  

– The SMCA board would like to extend its thanks & acknowledgements for the tremendous support that was provided by MLA Josephine Pon and her staff during the run up to the application deadline.

Fundraising & additional grants

– The community associations build committee will be applying for further grants from both public and private organizations across Calgary.

– We will also be setting up additional fund raising activities & donation mechanisms to allow community members to donate to the build fund – the goal is to partner with organizations that can offer tax receipts for qualifying donations.

Rink design

– Following the successful awarding of the CFEP grant, this enabled the CA to move forward to the rink design stage of the program.   SMCA is extremely fortunate to have a great working relationship with the City and its Community Liaison team who continue to champion for the build on behalf of the CA.   

– The city has appointed its sub-contractor to continue with the design and this will enable the CA to confirm the design, its cost and the budget required to do so.

– Following the design release from the city to SMCA, the rink build committee with publish more information to both the SMCA board & this website with regard to timing, budget, design modifications, etc.


JANUARY 2022 – Sandstone MacEwan CommunityGrants, Budget & Fundraising

Behind the scenes, we have continued to make progress with our proposed hockey rink rebuild located in Sandstone.  With the support from our City of Calgary Neighbourhood Partnership Co-ordinator, we have been working with the city to get the initial design of the rink rebuild on paper, review options for drainage, and created approximate high-level costs involved.  

Using this information, we have submitted our application for a Provincial Grant to support the initial costs needed to start a rebuild in 2022.   We will hear back from the province in the first quarter of the year.

As we work through Winter & Spring this year, we continue to plan the budget, identify fundraising opportunities and work closely with the city to continue on the pre-defined path needed to result in our local community facilities being rebuilt.

The SMCA board and volunteers are fully committed to continuing to work with all the municipal, provincial & other partners to have our facilities rebuilt and modernized, such that it continues to provide year-round opportunities for our community to get out and stay active.


NOVEMBER 2020 – Sandstone Macewan Community – Hockey Rink Update

Progress, but slow.

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of our lives, and work at the Community Association level has not been spared. While we continue to progress work towards the upgrade of the hockey rink, it has been slowed, but not stopped. 

The City of Calgary is overseeing an Engineering Consultation report to investigate various options and requirements for the rink replacement. Once that report has been received, the Community Association can proceed to pursue Provincial and then Municipal funding. Due to funding requirements and the lifecycle of structures, we will likely pursue the replacement of the hockey rink sheds first and then the rink itself. Once there is a clear timeline, the Community Association will provide updates to Community Members.

Meanwhile, we are pursuing Municipal funding to replace the shed at the Pleasure Rink as it is nearing the end of it’s lifecycle.

Despite the realities and restrictions due to Covid-19, the Sandstone Macewan Community Association remains firmly committed to supporting community based recreation. We are kicking off our skate loan exchange program and are actively seeking both those who need skates for their children as well as the donation of skates no longer being used. We have also completed minor repairs to the hockey rink and flooding is slated to begin in the coming weeks. We hope that our past years’ volunteers are ready and able to come back, and we seek new volunteers who would like to learn the ropes and get involved. Covid-19 protocols will be observed at all times.


MAY 2020 – Sandstone Macewan Community Hockey Rink Update

While development of Sandstone and Macewan communities began in 1982, the hockey rink was built in 1991, the same year as Simons Valley School was built. The rink has been a part of the community ever since, used all seasons for hockey and skating in the winter, basketball and skateboarding in the summer.

In 2018, the Board Members began examining the need to replace parts of the rink as the lifecycle of the various components was coming to an end. This need was further emphasized prior to the 2019/2020 winter season when it became apparent that the rink was in urgent need of repair to get it through the winter.

SMCA Board members have been working with the City of Calgary Neighbourhood Partnership Coordinator and other city staff to understand the City and Provincial Grant options and the proper processes for rink replacement.

Part of the process is to understand the wants and needs of the community in regards to the facility. To that end, SMCA initiated a survey process over the winter of 2019, ending in February 2020. The survey was communicated through monthly news letters, on social media like Facebook and on our website.

In total, 81 people filled out the survey. Of those:

  • 72 had used the rink surface (or a family member had) for ice hockey, skating, skateboarding, basketball, and other sports
  • Some respondents had stopped using the rink for a variety of reasons, including the condition of the facility
  • Of the 80 who answered the question, 100% supported SMCA pursuing funding to replace the facility
  • When asked about other suggestions, 34 respondents provided feedback, including new boards, new facilities (pickle ball, permanent skateboard park, community hall, skate shack) and events such as skating parties. The overwhelming comment was to please keep the rink and add to the facilities, as it is an important feature in our community.
  • We also had 35 people answer the question about becoming involved, with some offering to participate and others indicating interest but no time. We welcome any and all community members to come to our meetings or connect with us in other ways.

Stay tuned here for progress updates on the facility rebuild!


JANUARY 2020 – Community Input Requested

The Sandstone Macewan Community Association is seeking community input. Our hockey rink/outdoor sports surface (355 Sandarac Drive NW) is in need of replacement.

Currently, it is used by community members of all ages, local sports teams, local schools, and members of neighbouring commmunities. We have a dedicated crew of rink volunteers in the winter months. We host various winter and summer events and have the potential to host more throughout the year.

We have been working with the City of Calgary to determine next steps but would like to know your thoughts? Do you use the rink/surface? Do you have any thoughts on the replacement?

Please see the online questionnaire at www.sandstonemacewan.com/rink-survey and add your comments. ONLINE SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED

If you want to know more about the proposed Facility Upgrade, the results of the survey, or anything else related to our Community Association, please consider attending our Monthly meetings held the 2nd Thursday of the month or contact SMCA at info@sandstonemacewan.com

Thank you!