Macdonald Development Corporation's $750,000 Donation for Multi-Purpose Arena

Please click on the icon for the article from the Calgary Herald, written by Marty Hope:

“Developer Donates $750,000 for Facility”

http://www.calgaryherald.com/homes/story.html?id=4504052

A $750,000 cheque for a proposed sports facility will go a long way in helping bring a stronger sense of community to a Calgary neighbourhood, says a local leader.

The money was given by Macdonald Development Corp. to the Bearspaw-Glendale Community Association to help fund a $6-million facility that will include an NHL-sized rink, says association chair Jens Lipper.

“Right now, we have very limited sports and community facilities, and that makes it difficult to build community spirit,” says Lipper. “The new multi-purpose facility will give Bearspaw a core, a chance to develop its own identity and create stronger community spirit.”

As part of its commitment to the community — which sits on the northwest border of Calgary — Macdonald Development Corp. recently presented the cheque during the official unveiling of a luxury home development.

The $750-million country residential community of Watermark at Bearspaw is on 116 hectares on 12 Mile Coulee Road between Crowchild Trail and Lynx Ridge golf course.

The sport and community facility will be built on Bearspaw Road west of Crowchild Trail.

Its first phase will include an NHL-sized rink that can be used for other seasonal sports, along with a fitness area, rooms for association use, concessions and restaurants.

It will also include child-care facilities and a possible indoor running track.

The second phase would see the construction of a connector from the first phase to another multi-purpose facility planned for the future.

“We could break ground in about six weeks, depending on the frost situation,” says Lipper.

“We are very grateful to Macdonald Development Corp. and Watermark at Bearspaw for their tremendous support of the sports complex. The $750,000 pledge provides a hug boost to our fundraising efforts and brings us much closer to our first-phase goal of $1.5 million.”

Calgary Flames president Ken King and former Flame Jim Peplinski were on hand to assist in the cheque presentation.

They congratulated the developer and the community association on the initiative.

“This area of the city is badly under-rinked — there is a need here,” says King. “Building an NHL-sized rink, a community gathering place, might be one of the most important things we can do for our children, our grandchildren and our entire community.”

mhope@calgaryherald.com
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