Community invited to Shell Place engagement and information session

(Fort McMurray, AB, February 24, 2014) – The Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) is inviting the community to attend an engagement and information session regarding developments and progress at the Shell Place project and at MacDonald Island Park on March 3 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The session will share recent developments including the collaborative initiative between the RRC, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and the Fort McMurray Minor Baseball Association that will result in the addition of three new softball diamonds to the Shell Place project, and the repositioning of one planned baseball diamond at Shell Place to serve softball user groups. RMWB Council approved capital funding for these initiatives on January 17, 2014.

“The collaboration to achieve these softball diamonds meets several needs,” said Allan Grandison, President of the Fort McMurray Minor Baseball Association. “It means there will now be a premier softball diamond at Shell Place, facilitating a one-venue softball approach for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games, as well as assisting with community-wide softball development needs. This plan also creates the potential for baseball opportunities at Shell Place with the possibility of developing a baseball-focused field house in the future. This development has our full support as we look to the future for baseball and softball in the region.”

Also included at the engagement and information session presentation and discussion will be the waste water treatment plant being constructed in conjunction with the new Shell Place facility, as well as the continued redevelopment of the Miskanaw Golf Course.

“As we head into the 2014 construction season this is the right time to return to the community to provide an update on some of the exciting developments occurring both with Shell Place and at MacDonald Island,” said Tim Reid, Chief Executive Officer of the RRC. “New softball diamonds have been incorporated into the Shell Place design and construction schedule, and we feel it is important to engage the public to discuss these additions as well as take the opportunity to discuss the innovative waste water treatment facility that will see MacDonald Island and the RRC become leaders in sustainability and best environmental practices as we work towards a LEED Gold designation at Shell Place.”

The engagement and information session will be held at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre in the Miskanaw Ballroom South and is free to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

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