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COCHRANE’S NEW AQUATIC CENTRE OFFICIALLY OPENS

Cochrane’s much-anticipated aquatic centre officially opened Sunday.

The ribbon was cut by sponsors, elected officials and facility board members followed by community residents enjoying a first splash in the water.

Work began in March 2015 on the $48 million, 150,000 square foot expansion to Cochrane’s Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Portions of the facility opened on a phased basis with the curling, multisport area opening to the public in June, and the fitness area following closely thereafter.

“The Government of Canada is proud to have contributed to the expansion of Cochrane’s Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre,” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Sports and recreational infrastructure are integral to building engaged, active, and healthy communities and this investment will help make Cochrane a more sustainable, and inclusive place for residents and families to live, play and work.”

“The Alberta government is committed to making life better for Albertans,” said Municipal Affairs Minister, Shaye Anderson. “Projects such as the Aquatic Centre create jobs, and recreation facilities contribute to our physical and mental health and bring neighbours and families together. We’re proud to have contributed $22.7 million in approved Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding to expand this invaluable community infrastructure.”

The remaining funding was only possible with the support of Cochrane and area residents, generous community organizations, developers, individuals and Rocky View County. Cochrane used $2,330,122 of its federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) allocation toward this project. The Town also launched the Rock the Waves fundraising campaign in summer 2014, which has raised $4.9 million to date.

Representatives from Jayman BUILT Ltd, the name sponsor for the Jayman BUILT Aquatic Centre, and LaVita Land Inc, name sponsor of the Fireside Fitness Centre, attended today’s ceremony.

Cochrane Mayor Ivan Brooker appreciates the contributions of all partners and sponsors. “Our partners, sponsors and supporters of this great facility are a true testament to what a community can build when people work together,” he said.

“We have everything from groups of kids contributing lemonade stand money to Jayman BUILT and LaVita Land supporting major pieces of this project, and partnerships with the Cochrane and District Warm Water Therapy Pool Society and the Cochrane Curling Club helping make this truly a community facility.”

After today’s event, the facility was opened to the general public. A community celebration with free activities is scheduled for September 9-10.

Project details:

* Location: 800 Griffin Rd E, Cochrane, Alberta
* 150,000 square foot addition to existing Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre
* Eight 25-metre lanes for competitive and lane swimming
* Two slides
* Large hot tub
* Leisure pool with lazy river and wave chamber
* Warm-water therapy pool
* Six full curling sheets
* Three junior curling sheets
* Fitness centre
* Tenant space
* Programming space

The Rock the Waves fundraising campaign goal continues to raise $10.6 million in the community in contributions and sponsorships. The campaign has raised over half the campaign goal. Information and contribution forms are on RocktheWaves.ca.

Construction Update: April 29, 2016

Current and past construction activities.
The curling rink is now being constructed with the placement of sand and heating pipes.
Masonry walls in the aquatics change rooms are being built and are well underway.
Demolition of Pats café walls and the kid’s ball pit walls are progressing well.
The main lap pool in the aquatics has been graded and being excavated for piping.

Look ahead construction activities.
Main power cable distribution is due to start next week.
External works including final grading and paving is due to start next week.

Curling rink heating pipes installed on sand.

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Aquatic washroom walls being built.

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TOWN HOSTS BIGGEST POOL PARTY OF THE YEAR MAY 8

April 28, 2015 – The May 8 celebration includes entertainment, music from the Cochrane Pipe Band, VIP guests, hot dogs, treats, great Rock the Waves keepsakes and the results of the mayor’s fundraising challenge.

“We’re thrilled to see the fencing up and work starting on this project,” says Brooker. “This new facility will be a huge benefit for Cochrane and area families, and enhance life for everyone who lives or visits Cochrane.”

Mayor Brooker issued a challenge on March 26 to community groups and individuals to raise the most money over the next month or so.

“Rock the Waves has an ambitious fundraising goal to meet,” says Mayor Brooker. “We know our local community groups, sports teams and other non-profits are excited to contribute and have their contributions celebrated.”

The May 8 celebration take place on the soccer field on the south side of Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre and starts at 3pm. The party brings together the local groups who will use the new facility, major sponsors and community contributors, representatives from government funders and Town officials and staff.

The construction means changes to access and parking at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Updates and live webcam feeds can be found on www.cochrane.ca/construction.


Rock the Waves community fundraising campaign goal is to raise $10.6 million in contributions and sponsorships. Contribution information is on RocktheWaves.ca, as well as partner information, details on the project in general and a timeline.
Total capital budget for the new facility is $45 million, with funding coming from Provincial Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) grants, Rocky View County contribution, Federal Gas Tax Fund and developer Community Enhancement fees.

Anticipated opening of the new facility is spring 2017.

Updates and live webcam feeds

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MAYOR ISSUES COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE

Since Rock the Waves launched last April, nearly $4.5million has been raised for Cochrane’s new aquatic and curling/multi-sport centre. Cochrane Mayor Ivan Brooker wants to add another $100,000 by April 30.

Mayor Brooker issued the challenge during the construction kick-off for the facility today.

“We know this is ambitious,” says Mayor Brooker. “Our community fundraising goal of $10.6 million is ambitious, too. But if every person in town contributed $275, we’d get there.”

Brooker says he also wants to show federal and provincial funders the community’s enthusiasm and commitment to the project. “We’ve been talking about and planning this facility for nearly 10 years,” he says. “When we show the construction site to our federal and provincial supporters, it’s also an opportunity for the community to show how excited they are about this project.”

“We are working together as a community to get this done,” says Mayor Brooker. “And in less than two years, we’ll all be able to enjoy this great new facility.”

A community event is scheduled for May 8 to celebrate progress on construction and announce the results of the mayor’s challenge. “I’m excited to see the results,” says Brooker.
“The development and business community in Cochrane have come forward with some great support so far, which we’re thrilled about. I also know some people were waiting until construction actually started – that’s what we’re here to show today.”

The community celebration Friday May 8 includes federal, provincial and local officials, special guests, activities and fun for the whole family.

The mayor’s challenge is open to everyone: individuals, families, groups of friends or work colleagues, corporate and community groups, sports teams and non-profit organizations.

“Rock the Waves has an ambitious fundraising goal,” says Mayor Brooker. “I know we can reach it if we work together as a community.”

The Rock the Waves’ goal is $10.6 million in community contributions and sponsorships.

Total capital budget for the new facility is $45 million, with funding coming from Provincial Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) grants, Rocky View County, Federal Gas Tax Fund and developer Community Enhancement fees.

Anticipated opening of the new facility is spring 2017.

Information and contribution forms can be found on RocktheWaves.ca, as well as partner information, details on the project in general and a timeline.

AQUATIC CENTRE CONSTRUCTION STARTS; MAYOR ISSUES FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE

Fencing is up and equipment has arrived — construction has started on Cochrane’s new aquatic and curling/multi-sport centre.

Cochrane Mayor Ivan Brooker and Spray Lake Sawmills Recreation Park Society Board President Gerry Smith kicked off construction this morning.

“We’re thrilled to see the fencing up and work starting on this project,” says Brooker. “This new facility will be a huge benefit for Cochrane and area families, and enhance life for everyone who lives or visits Cochrane.”

Mayor Brooker also challenged community groups to raise the most money over the next month or so.

“Rock the Waves has an ambitious fundraising goal to meet,” says Mayor Brooker. “We know our local community groups, sports teams and other non-profits are excited to contribute and have their contributions celebrated.”

Groups will work to meet the Mayor’s current challenge until April 30. Top fundraisers will be announced at the community celebration scheduled for Friday May 8.

The construction means changes to access and parking at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Updates and live webcam feeds can be found on www.cochrane.ca/construction.

Total capital budget for the new facility is $45 million, with funding coming from Provincial Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) grants, Rocky View County contribution, Federal Gas Tax Fund and developer Community Enhancement fees.

Rock the Waves community fundraising campaign goal is to raise $10.6 million in contributions and sponsorships. Look for contribution information on RocktheWaves.ca, as well as partner information, details on the project in general and a timeline.

Anticipated opening of the new facility is spring 2017.

TOTEM CHARITABLE FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTES $500,000

A local foundation announced a large contribution to Rock the Waves at tonight’s Council meeting. The Totem Charitable Foundation presented a cheque for $500,000.

Jim Thorogood of the Totem Charitable Foundation is proud to support the new community facility. “This is the kind of project the Totem Charitable Foundation is proud to be associated with,” he says.

Cochrane Mayor Ivan Brooker is thrilled to see this level of community contribution. “This kind of community support moves us closer to the goal of providing an excellent facility for Cochrane,” he says. “I’m pleased to welcome the Totem Charitable Foundation into the Rock the Waves family.”

Totem Charitable Foundation is a family foundation established in 2005 to provide grants to registered charities. The intent of the Totem Charitable Foundation is to build healthy communities, inspire innovative thinking and encourage social progress. They award funds in support of education, community development, medical research, and the arts.

Rock the Waves’ campaign goal is $10.6 million in community contributions and sponsorships.

More information and contribution forms can be found on RocktheWaves.ca, as well as partner information, details on the project in general and a timeline. Groundbreaking for the new facility is scheduled for spring 2015.