Date(s) - 09 December 2018
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LACOMBE, ALBERTA, CANADA – MEGlobal Canada ULC. Is proud to announce a $2 million investment in the expansion of the MEGlobal Athletic Park in Lacombe, Alberta to enable the park to add track and field facilities, improve spectator areas and enhance the existing field house.
The investment comes as part of a long-term partnership with the Lacombe Athletic Park Association (L.A.P.A.) and project supporters the City of Lacombe, Lacombe County and Wolf Creek Public Schools.
As part of the agreement, MEGlobal will retain naming rights to the park until 2040.
Rocco Schurink, Vice President of Operations for MEGlobal Canada, said MEGlobal’s contribution to the park is part of the company’s Focus 2020 Sustainability goals and ongoing commitment to community sustainability.
“MEGlobal is extremely excited to support this expansion because MEGlobal Athletic Park not only provides our schools, other local teams and community groups with a state-of-the-art athletic facility for sports and other activities, but it also provides a significant economic contribution to the whole region,” he said. “It is a gem for our community and a great source of pride for our employees and local residents.”
The park currently consists of all-weather playing field, basketball court, field house, seating and lighting. It hosts hundreds of sporting events annually, as well as concerts and other community activities. In 2017, an estimated 75,000 people attended the park as athletes and fans, as well as for community events.
Bruce Miller, Vice Chair of the L.A.P.A., said the expansion is the result of stakeholder meetings and rising park needs.
“There are now several groups that are committed to completing the original dream for the park to include an international regulation track and all the field event facilities and the need now justifies the project, so we are thrilled to be able to expand the facilities to accommodate that growth and add new features,” said Miller. “It’s thanks to our great partnerships with MEGlobal, the City, the County and the School Division that we are able to move forward on this expansion. Each organization understands the value of their investment as we provide access to an amazing facility and promote recreational, health and economic benefits in our community.”
Work on the expansion of the field house and spectator enhancements is expected to begin in spring of 2019, and the track with field event facilities would be constructed in 2020.
The MEGlobal contribution was approved by the EQUATE Board of Directors at their meeting in September, 2018.
“EQUATE is extremely proud to support this vital community investment by MEGlobal Canada,” said Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran, President and CEO of The EQUATE Group. “MEGlobal Athletic Park creates a place where athletic pursuits intersect with community engagement, creating an economic engine for the Central Alberta region for the benefit of players, families and community members throughout the area. On behalf of all EQUATERs, I would like to extend my appreciation to the L.A.P.A, City, County and Schools for their partnership and vision.”
More information about the MEGlobal Athletic Park is available at www.lacombeathleticpark.ca.
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