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Dunmore Outdoor Rink Project 2022-2023

The DCA is working to replace the existing outdoor rink into a multi-use Outdoor Recreation Facility:

Purpose:  to combine the needed outdoor rink repairs with the provision of a covered shelter with shade and picnic tables for residents to use as a central gathering site during community events, and for individual use by families and people enjoying the park and/or (future) pump track in the summer months. 


This all-season, multi-use space can be used for community fundraisers, dances, outdoor movies, kids’ programs, local clubs, and as the central hub for Dunmore Days.  Covering the rink will also protect and extend the ice, make ongoing maintenance easier, and will both enhance the use of and revitalize this community recreational resource.  The roof will also protect the financial investment into new rink boards and will significantly reduce the level of decay due to weather over time.

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1.  Fundraising - grants, corporate sponsors, community fundraising events

2.  Remove old rink boards and asphalt

3.  Excavate and pour 14 foundations for overhead roof

4.  Pour new 6405sq ft concrete pad

5.  Install new custom rink boards with cell cast acrylic shielding puck containment system

6.  Erect 66'x110' pre-engineered structure (open-sided)

Old Rink to be removed:

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The current outdoor rink is 53’x97’ and sits on an asphalt pad that was placed approx. 20 years ago.  The asphalt is pocked, cracked, uneven, and makes flooding and maintaining the rink extremely difficult.  The boards are likewise approximately 20 years old and have succumbed to weather and general wear from extended use. 

New Rink Boards:

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Pre-Engineered Structural Steel Building (open-sided) Drawing:


Timeline / Project Updates:

March16, 2021 - Project conceived, state of rink and much needed repairs discussed. Consent that the rink is hardly adequate, an eyesore, and needs immediate attention.  Motion to investigate and get quotes to establish scope of project.

May 16, 2021 - April 28, 2021 - Quotes received for concrete, rink boards, overhead roof, milling asphalt, excavation, removal of boards, electrical

April 22, 2021 - Community Poll posted on our website and social media regarding support for this project (among others) and received positive response.

April 28, 2021 - Board of Directors made motion to apply for Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) grant  through Alberta Culture & Status of Women.  Also made motion to apply for a Capital Grant with Cypress County to cover a portion of the build.

May 12, 2021 - Cypress County Capital Grant Proposal Submitted

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June 1, 2021 - Cypress County Council passed Resolution No.: 2021/273 to contribute $102,000 to this project!

June 14, 2021 - CFEP Large Stream Grant Application Submitted

June 26, 2021 - Donation Request to EDF Renewables Submitted

July 7, 2021 - Donation Request to Renewable Energy Services Canada Inc. (RES) Submitted

September 17, 2021 - CFEP Large Stream Grant Application was denied due to an outstanding accounting issues from 20 years ago (2002): "Community Lottery Board (CLB) grant – CLB01-000652. As per section 3.2 of the CFEP Guidelines (Ineligible Organizations and/or Applicants), organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting/reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by Alberta Culture and Status of Women are not eligible to apply for funding under CFEP"


October 19, 2021 - EDF Renewables' Cypress Wind Project donates $25,000 to project!

November 3, 2021 - Community Lottery Board (CLB) reporting issue resolved.

November 10, 2021 - Motion made to break the project into 2 phases so we can re-apply for the CFEP Small Funding grant in January of 2002.  Phase I to be roof structure, Phase II to be concrete pad and rink boards.  

November 19, 2021 - Donation Request to Richardson Foundation (Richardson Pioneer) submitted.

January 5, 2022 - DCA membership and the community at large were invited to the Annual General Meeting to discuss this project (among others) and give feedback.

January 14, 2022 - CFEP Small Stream Grant Application Submitted.

January 14, 2022 - March 8, 2022 - Updated Quotes from suppliers for Phase I - Outdoor Roof

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January 31, 2022 - Renewable Energy Services Canada Inc. donates $10,000 to project!

February 16, 2022 - DCA Annual General Meeting - project updated and discussed with attendees.

February 23, 2022 - Co-op Community Spaces Grant Application Submitted.


March 17, 2022 - EDF Renewables' Cypress Wind Project donates $125,000 to project!

March 18, 2022 -  Phase I - Outdoor Rink Project Roof - APPROVED

March 25, 2022 - Building erection contract awarded to GVN Structures.  Building ordered (eta. mid-November)


March 28, 2022 - Richardson Pioneer facilitates a donation through The Richardson Foundation of $25,000 to project!

April 11, 2022 - Development Permit approved by Cypress County

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April 12, 2022 - GVN Structures donates $12,000 to upgrade the project to include cladding on the South and West walls!

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May 16, 2022 - Wahl Construction Ltd. donates used rink boards and arranged delivery to site!

May 25, 2022 - Community volunteers demo the old puck boards, chain link, and basketball hoops

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May 26, 2022 - GVN received word from the structure manufacturer that it will be delivered by the end of June in stead of November.  Project timeline accelerated, new completion of building erection slated for the end of July.

May 30, 2022 - Electrical plans finalized with Elite Electrical, materials ordered to meet new timeline

May 31, 2022 - Richard Oster and Dave Liebel completed rink board demo with equipment

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June 15, 2022 - Industrial Backhoes Ltd. donates $6,500.00 to project through donation of equipment and labour to excavate and backfill the structure foundations!

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June 21, 2022 - Cypress County approved a $17,050 contribution to bring in fill to raise the elevation of the outdoor rink to approximately 4" above the parking lot grade to facilitate drainage!

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June 22, 2022 - The Optimist Club of Medicine Hat donates $1,000.00 towards new sports equipment for the Outdoor Rink Project!

June 29, 2022 - Industrial Backhoes Ltd. began excavation for the new pilings


July 11, 2022 - GVN began erecting the structure

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July 26, 2022 - The DCA was awarded $125,000.00 from the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) facilitated by the Alberta Governments' Minister of Culture!

July 27, 2022 -  Phase II - Outdoor Rink Project: concrete pad, rink boards, equipment - APPROVED

July 29, 2022 - GVN began installing the roof sheeting

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August 12, 2022 - Ground prep for concrete pad completed by LMT

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August 18, 2022 - Capstone Concrete formed up and poured the rink pad

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August 25, 2022 - Elite Electrical Services finished electrical rough-ins and put up temporary lighting so facility could be used for Dunmore  Days

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September 26, 2022 - Capstone Concrete formed and poured the rink aprons

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October 13, 2022 - GVN Structures began install of cladding on the South and West walls, and Elite Electrical Services completed install of interior lighting and outlets

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October 30, 2022 - GVN Structures completed install of wall cladding, eavestroughs and downspouts.  Community volunteers used equipment donated by Kelly Meier to move rink boards inside the building in preparation for install.  Site was cleaned up, and concrete blocks were moved in front of the structure to protect it

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November 1, 2022 - GVN Structures contracted to install rink boards between projects this winter.  May start mid-late December depending on weather and scheduling availability. Overall project is still 6 months ahead of schedule

January 1, 2023 - Rink boards installation postponed due to scheduling.  It is unlikely there will be ice this season.  Goals for 2023 at facility include boards and plexi installation, signage, equipment (sports, tables, chairs) storage shed, line painting, basketball hoop installation, pickleball court (2), and security system.  Skate shack will be accessible year-round to all DCA members via pin-access, and system will be rolled out in 2023.

January 16, 2023 - Tentative rink board installation date for week of February 13th.  Building signage to be installed by end of January, electrical for exterior signage lighting to be completed in February.

March 3, 2023 - Rink board installation by GVN began


May 25, 2023 - Rink board installation by GVN completed


May 26, 2023 - Project Complete! 


The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly named EDF Outdoor Recreation Centre occurred this day.  Just over 200 people attended the ceremony, and for the first time, our community was able to gather in this gorgeous new building to honor and recognize all of the organizations and businesses that made this project possible. 


The DCA is so grateful for the generosity of all the donors listed above, and confident in the enjoyment the public will get out of this facility.


If you have questions about this project, please contact us via email at

What's Next?  Outfitting the facility!  Click here for details

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