Dunmore Outdoor Rink Project 2022

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!

Please visit us often for additional updates.  If you have questions about this project, please contact us via email at dcadirectors@gmail.com