(Christi Albers-Manicke/RIMBEY REVIEW)

Rimbey named as one of Co-op Community Spaces 2022 recipients

Rimbey’s outdoor rink and sports court got a boost in funding on June 14 as it received $100,000 through the Co-op Community Spaces Program.

The rink, started by Rimbey’s Reed Tousaint, Tavish Beagle and Dutch Felt, was one of 13 community projects in western Canada named

Through its Community Spaces program, Co-op is investing $1 million in 13 community projects across Western Canada.

Since 2015, the program has provided $11.5 million to 160 projects in recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture.

“Co-op Community spaces is about our commitment to protect, beautify and improve the spaces where communities across Western Canada come together,” said Pam Skotnitsky, vice-president of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). “The work and dedication of our recipient groups is inspiring, and we are proud to contribute to projects that will benefit the people in these communities for years to come.”

FCL administers the program on behalf of more than 160 local Co-ops operating in 600 communities. Registered non-profits, charities or community service co-operatives are invited to apply each year in February for a grant worth $25,000 – $150,000 per project.

This year’s Community Spaces recipients are the outdoor recreation and community hub in St. Albert, improvements to the Bengough Regional Park Swimming Pool, the Nokomis School Outdoor Learning Commons in Nokomis, SK, Joe King Park Revitalization, the Lake Cowichan duck pond revitalization, Lloydminster Co-op Celebration Park, Neepawa Middle School playground in Neepawa, MN, the NorWest Co-op Community Farm in Winnipeg, the Victoria Park Community Centre and Urban Farm in Saskatoon, A Playground to be Proud Of in Oakbank, MN, Milestone Community Sport Court in Milestone, SK, and the Waskasoo Natural Playground in Red Deer.