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City agrees to help fund Terrier dressing room retrofit

The proposed work covers several areas within the Westland Insurance Arena. 
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The Yorkton Terriers and the City of Yorkton are partnering on some facility upgrades at the Westland Insurance Arena. (File Photo)

YORKTON - The City of Yorkton is going to provide $80,000 toward upgrades at the Gallagher Centre for spaces used by the Junior Terriers. 

“At the May 15, 2023 regular meeting of City Council, the Yorkton Terriers presented a request for financial assistance for improvements to team space within the Gallagher Centre,” explained Taylor Morrison, Gallagher Centre General Manager with the city during the regular meeting of Yorkton Council Monday. 

At that time Council requested Administration bring a report back to Council with funding options for consideration. 

The proposed work covers several areas within the Westland Insurance Arena. 

“As noted in the Yorkton Terrier presentation, this renovation project aims to improve Club spaces within the Gallagher Centre’s Westland Arena. These leased areas include the Terrier Dressing Room, Terrier Coaches’ Office, and the Terrier Training/Equipment Room. The identified improvements do not appear to be structural in nature, but rather are cosmetic and done in an effort to elevate the team and player experience while calling the Gallagher Centre home,” explained Morrison. 

The Club has also identified improvements that will require involvement from the City as they are attached to and form part of, building systems that support the entire building.

“Consideration will need to be given to building systems to ensure upgrades are compatible and satisfy any building code, fire code, or other regulations regarding heating, cooling, and building ventilation. While cosmetic work may not require building permits or licenses, some aspects of the desired improvements will need involvement of City Building Officials, Fire Department, or other agencies to facilitate code and regulation compliance,” said Morrison. 

Overall, the Yorkton Terriers had indicated the anticipated project budget as $140,000.00, and further through community fundraising and sponsorship have secured approximately $40,000.00 in funding and that fundraising efforts are continuing. 

The financial assistance requested from the City is $80,000.00. 

While Administration provided several options, the one Council unanimously supported was to approve the Yorkton Terrier’s request for financial assistance of $80,000.00 toward the Yorkton Terrier Dressing Room Improvement Project, coming from the City’s Rainy Day Reserve account, and further authorize Administration to enter into a funding agreement ensuring adherence to the City’s Bylaws, Policies and legislated requirements.


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