Flooding the ice hockey rink at South Transcona Community Centre is now much easier.
In advance of this year’s outdoor hockey season, the club resurfaced the rink’s asphalt — a needed repair, as water would escape onto the boulevard during flooding because of cracks in the surface. The change will help the club conserve water and energy.
"It would leak under the boards because everything was not level," icemaker Cindy Korell said. "Everything seems to be more flat, easier — spray your water on, let it freeze.
"It would be a mess because there’s mud in the grass (on the boulevard)."
Vice-president Mike Hedley said there have been plenty of skaters braving the cold temperatures, and even coming at night when the lights have been turned off, to enjoy the ice. Other events have been well-attended, too, as the recent Family Fun Day welcomed more visitors than in any other year.
As well, the club replaced the rink lights to incorporate LED bulbs, and has repaired one of its walkways. The club insulated its garage, which reduces issues with its machinery, while also clearing the asbestos out of the garage.
South Transcona C.C. also received funding for a new kitchen, which it will install this spring.
"We’re going to wait until our busy time is over, and then plan that and get a new kitchen in there," said project manager Louise Hedman.
Hedman, who wrote several grant applications, noted club president Linda Oakley got the ball rolling with the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund grant application, and she took over from there.
"The grant process is a huge thing, it takes a lot of time," said Hedman, who helped get St. Joseph the Worker School its new play structure through grants. "But we got ourselves some money."
The club received a total of $166,293 in grants through the Canada-Manitoba Infrastructure Program, Manitoba Community Places Program, and the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund’s Western Diversification Program, among others.
With the upgraded centre, there have been talks of adding extra quiz nights, fundraisers and socials to help benefit the club.