Improvements at New Sarepta Agri-Plex unveiled

Leduc County and partners celebrate the opening of the facility’s dressing rooms

Jan. 10, 2014 – The New Sarepta Agri-Plex expansion project is one step closer to completion, with the upgraded dressing rooms now open for use.

“The progress we’ve seen with this facility over the last nine months demonstrates how the hard work of community stakeholders can pay off in a big way to fulfill a need in the community,” says Rick Smith, division one councillor. “The improvements at this facility will benefit Leduc County residents, while attracting individuals from across the capital region.”

The recently completed upgrade more than doubles the size of the previous dressing rooms, increasing the space from just 227 square feet to 540 square feet. This enhancement was much needed for local users and will help attract sporting clubs from around the region to the facility.

The dressing room improvement is just one component of the facility overhaul, which includes the creation of a seniors’ centre, fitness facility and community event space.

At the dressing room unveiling, Leduc-Beaumont MLA George Rogers presented the New Sarepta and District Agricultural Society with a $125,000 grant from the Community Facility Enhancement Program to be used towards the expansion.

“I’m very pleased that the provincial government had the opportunity to contribute to this important project to serve the people of New Sarepta,” says Rogers. “I applaud the organizers for having a regional vision for this project.”

The New Sarepta Agri-Plex Expansion project is expected to cost $6.848 million. Leduc County has committed up to $6.7 million, to be reduced by grant funding, sponsorship commitments and community funding. Community groups have raised more than $250,000 to date.

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 completed in June 2014.

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