New Sarepta Agri-Plex expansion underway
April 4, 2013 – Local dignitaries broke ground this week in New Sarepta, officially kicking off construction for the New Sarepta Agri-Plex Expansion project.
Leduc County is proud to partner with the New Sarepta and District Agricultural Society to bring this project into fruition and meet a need in the community and surrounding areas.
“We can learn so much just from this community’s commitment to work together to accomplish its goals,” says Leduc County Councillor Jocelyn Mackay. “I just want to commend all community groups and community members for keeping pushing, keeping together and working together.”
The expansion opens the doors for the community to host a variety of community events as well as establish itself as a central hub for sports and recreation in the region.
Craig Millar, president of the New Sarepta Ag Society, says the multipurpose facility will attract users from beyond just New Sarepta and Leduc County and will strengthen the community while encouraging greater community involvement.
“A special thank you to Leduc County for all the support and all the work,” he says. “We’ll fill this building once it’s built and the usage will be great.”
The total cost of the project is estimated at more than $6.8 million and will cover the costs of updating the facility’s dressing rooms and establishing a seniors’ centre, a fitness facility and a community event space.
Leduc County has committed up to $6.7 million, which will be reduced by grant funding, sponsorship commitments and community funding. Community groups have already fulfilled their funding commitment of $100,000 and continue to raise funds.
Leduc-Beaumont MLA George Rogers announced at the April 3, 2013 groundbreaking ceremony that provincial grant funding has been approved for the expansion project.
“We know how important this facility is to this community and this area,” he says. “I think the county has to be congratulated for its vision and how much it is putting into this facility for this area.”
Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins, who represents a riding that closely borders New Sarepta, says the heart and soul of small rural communities is often the recreation facilities.
“It’s the hub that keeps the community alive and brings people together, keeps people together,” he says. “I know that this is going to be the heart and soul of the community for years and years to come.”
The New Sarepta Agri-Plex was established in 1972 and has undergone a series of renovations since its initial construction. The current facility expansion is expected to be underway for the next 10 months, with doors opening to the expanded New Sarepta Agri-Plex in February 2014. Dressing rooms are expected to be ready for use this fall for hockey season.