Recreation Facilities Reopening—a wonderful thing!
The past few weeks have almost been therapeutic to me. To have the pool open to smiling kids, seeing the slo pitchers out at Bradley Park, kids on the playground, pickleballers complaining about aches and pains . . . the entire package has been wonderful.
That said we are completely committed to ensuring we do our part to meet and exceed provincial guidelines regarding Covid-19. We ask our patrons on returning to our facilities to ensure you also keep all guidelines front and center in your mind. Our part of the world has been extremely fortunate regarding Covid-19 and we all have to do our part to ensure it stays that way.
Thank you Red River Mutual
Absolutely awesome news recently as we were informed the Moosomin Communiplex was chosen as one of 10 winners from over 150 submissions. We sent our submission into the contest and tried to explain how this community is so invested in our arena and our user numbers are unsurpassed in rural Saskatchewan. I know they were impressed and we want to extend our most sincere thank you to Red River Mutual!
This funding allows us to spend our down time reviving our Communiplex and I know patrons will be impressed when we finally have the opportunity to re-open our doors . . . boy this is exciting!
Here is their story about the contest from Red River Mutual:
The goal of the Spruce Up Your Story campaign was to celebrate spaces that are at the heart of the communities we serve—spaces that encourage togetherness, sustainability, volunteerism and that have a connection with our broker partners and community members. We hoped to inspire people to share their stories about the hockey rinks, gardens, and all the spaces in between that bring their community together.
We were overwhelmed by the amount of support for the campaign in its inaugural year and your dedication to helping the well-loved spaces in your communities has inspired us.
From over 150 submissions, we’ve chosen 10 winning spaces in communities across Manitoba and Saskatchewan, but in addition to announcing the winners, we’re also excited to announce that we’ll be increasing the funding to support these winning spaces from $40,000 to a total that will be determined within the coming week!
Sportsplex reopens to public bookings
It is such an exciting time for us to be able to welcome people back to the Sportsplex. We are allowed 30 patrons on either side, so with that are now taking bookings for private functions. If you are interested in booking a party or event, please contact Catherine at 435-3622 and we will be extremely happy to help you out!
We finally welcome our walkers back
We are now allowed to have walkers back in the facility using their FOBs. We do have rules and regulations to follow so we ask you contact Catherine at 435-3622 and she will help you out.
We want to welcome our walkers back to the Sportsplex by treating them the right way. As such, if you had a walking pass membership, we will backdate those memberships back to March 1, 2020. So, for example, if you had the month of March and April paid for, we would extend your membership to include August and September. When you are ready to return, simply stop into the office or give Catherine a call at 435-3622 and we will get you set up. Past that…welcome back!
New walking challenge
While our longest challenge ever remains “March to Mexico City,” we now have tripled the stops along the way to help visualize the distance you have walked. In addition, the time off has allowed us to re-do the distance recording system so all walkers and progressions will be kept on the main bulletin board.
Communiplex winter bookings now open
While we are still a few months away from the 2020/2021, season we have started taking bookings. If you have a carded, summer, private event you would like booked in, please call Mike at 435-3622 and we will work with you to have it included in our schedule.
Communiplex winter season—we are excited!
As a “rink” person, last March was devastating having to shut down for Covid-19. That said, I can’t remember the last time I was more excited for the rink to re-open. While we were forced to shut down early, we have used the time off to upgrade a ton of things at the Communiplex thanks in large part to some amazing community sponsors and grant money we were able to access.
When you return this fall you will find:
Dressing Room 1: New matting and false ceiling/new fixtures
Dressing Room 2: False ceiling/new fixtures
Dressing Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5: Completely repainted and new benches
Dressing Room 6: Completely redone and expanded to twice the size
Basement Hallways: Completely repainted
Basement Bathrooms: Completely repainted and new fixtures
All used matting: Repainted
Upstairs Bathrooms: Gutted and completely redone
Centre Ice Score Clock: New centre ice clock, absolutely stunning
Ice Level Intro Lighting: NHL Style
Camera Tracking System from IKS: We are the first in Saskatchewan with this technology
Odds and ends: Tons of little upgrades to make your visit more enjoyable.
Now over 50 years old and the building will have never looked better than opening day 2020!
Communiplex Camera Tracking System
We are so very excited to proceed with this project due in full to the funding from Sharpe’s Crop Services. We are the first arena in Saskatchewan to sign on with IKS in this awesome project. Since then the Regina Co-operators along with all SJHL arenas have joined forces and this is gonna be cool!
IKS will be installing a tracking camera at the Communiplex. The camera automatically tracks the puck and in doing so the play. Keep in mind this is a high-end system. For those of you familiar with hockey TV, well this is hockey TV on steroids.
So, what happens is anyone anywhere will have the opportunity to purchase an app. On that app you will have the opportunity to watch all games live at the Communiplex in the comfort of your own home. So, for example, a grandparent living in Calgary can watch their grandchild play all the games at the Plex live and in real time.
We are expecting the system to arrive in the next two weeks and will offer further information on the app at that time.
In addition, local businesses will have an opportunity to purchase advertising on these live games, so this is another opportunity to not only promote our amazing arena but also promote our local business community which is equally as amazing!
Bradley Park projects coming to fruition
While Covid-19 has brought most park activities to a screeching halt, we have been able to, in large part due to amazing community support, been able to continue to make improvements, as we expect 2021 to be one of the busiest summers we have ever had.
Projects presently under way or close to completion include:
• New gazebo at the Tim Hortons Outdoor Eventplex is near complete, amazing!
• Moose Fraternity in diamond camping locations, complete.
• Soccer Field Refresh, in progress.
• Generals Football change rooms, near complete.
• REMAX Court—Phase 2 of 5 near complete, this is a one of a kind beauty!
• Main Concession refresh, complete.
• Main Parking Lot refresh, complete.
• Grass projects along Wright Road, well under way.
• Outdoor Arena Refresh, well underway.
• Pharmasave Field, proceeding in August.
• Sharpe’s Field, proceeding in August
• Home Hardware Announcer Booth, proceeding in August.
• Bradley Park Walking Paths, proceeding this fall.
Community Recreation plan moving along
We have taken great strides in our Community Recreation plan and are excited about releasing it to the public this winter. The information within is a comprehensive, cumulative snapshot of our survey responses and I am sure the public will be excited about where our department will be headed over the next decade.
Survey response winners
On behalf of the Parks and Recreation Department I would like to thank all the people who returned surveys for our Community Recreation Plan. Those surveys are the cornerstones on which we have developed our plan. As a special thank you we drew two winners—one from the long survey and one from the short survey. With that in mind, congratulations!
Long Survey Winner: Bernice Lemoine—$250 in credits to the Sportsplex
Short Survey Winner: Wendy Leeds—$100 in credits to the Sportsplex
Borderland Co-op Aquaplex
2020 Season Public Swim Time
Monday to Sunday:1-5 pm; 7-8:30 pm
Moosomin Swimming Pool Lesson Sets
Our staff was extremely pro-active as we had four different plans in place for swimming lessons. While we were not able to start June 1 like we had hoped, given the circumstances, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to proceed with our next choice. With that in mind here are our remaining sets for 2020:
August 17-21: One Week Public
August 24-28: One Week Private
If you would like information or would like to book into lessons, please contact Jory or Avery at 435-2346.
Slo Pitch continues this Friday at Bradley Park. Teams should have received a schedule, however we have included one in this week’s report.
Friday, August 14
Lepine’s Roofing vs Red Hot Oompaloompas: Guinness Field
Snap Crackle Pop vs Booze Cannons: Elks Field
Plattypussies vs Kinmen 9:15’s: Kin Field
Friday, August 21
Plattypussies vs Snap Crackle Pop: Guinness Field
Lepine’s Roofing vs Booze Cannons: Elks Field
Kinmen 9:15’s vs Red Hot Oompaloompas: Kin Field
Friday, August 28
Booze Cannons vs Red Hot Oompaloompas: Guinness Field
Lepine’s Roofing vs Plattypussies: Elks Field
Snap Crackle Pop vs Kinmen 9:15’s: Kin Field
Friday Night Slo Pitch Year End Tournament
Slo Pitchers are reminded following a league vote it is unanimous we move the Year End Tournament to Saturday, August 29. The schedule should be out within the next week, and it should be fun!
Citizens are now welcome to access the playground at Bradley Park. We hope you are able to enjoy the park over the coming months.
We are so grateful to have Enbridge and their contractors using our campsites at Bradley Park. It really helps us through some tougher times. Having said that, we still have a couple of spots left in the main parking lot. In addition, thanks to the Moose Fraternity, we have six spots available over at the Generals Football Field. For information please contact me at the Recreation Office at 435-3622 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Obviously Covid-19 played havoc with weddings in the summer of 2020. If you are looking to rebook to 2021 we would be happy to help you out with the Convention Centre.
2020 Parks and Recreation Awards Nominations
If you would like to nominate someone for consideration of a 2020 Parks and Recreation Award please perform the following:
• Choose the award in which you are nominating.
• In 500 words or less let us know why your nomination is the perfect choice!
Nominations can be: Emailed to email@example.com or mailed to Box 430 in Moosomin.
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