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Southern Plains Co-op supports valuable recreation projects

Oxbow and Gainsborough will benefit.

ESTEVAN - The Southern Plains Co-op has stepped forward with support for recreation projects in the communities it serves.

The Oxbow Rink Board's recent co-op gift card fundraiser marks another significant step forward in their goal to raise $800,000, as they received a donation of $7,000 from the co-op.

The Oxbow rink complex boasts both an ice skating and curling ice surfaces, catering to a diverse range of sports and activities, including figure skating, minor hockey, women's and men's rec hockey, a senior hockey team and curling. In addition to providing a space for athletic pursuits, the rink also plays a vital role in community fundraising efforts during the summer months.

"Community rinks are more than just sports facilities – they're community gathering places that bring people together," said Brooke Spagrud, member relations manager for Southern Plains Co-op. "We're grateful for the opportunity to support organizations like the Oxbow Rink Board and the entire community as they work towards securing the future f their rink."

The other donation was to the Gainsborough Swimming Pool's splash pad project. On April 3, the co-op presented a donation of $5,000, bringing the pool board one step closer to realizing its vision of a safe and inclusive space for the community to enjoy during the summer months.

The Gainsborough Swimming Pool serves as a hub for residents of Gainsborough, Carievale, Storthoaks and surrounding communities, offering a range of programs and activities for all ages.

From swimming lessons to Aquasize classes and public swimming sessions, the pool is committed to providing a welcoming environment for everyone.

With the support of Southern Plains Co-op and other donors, the pool board has been making progress towards their fundraising target of $155,000 for the splash pad. By the end of 2023, they had already raised approximately $85,000.

For inquiries or to learn more about how you can support the Gainsborough Swimming Pool's Splash Pad Project, please contact any board member.