Ste. Rose group launches basketball court project

Published on Tuesday, 24 January 2023 07:48

Basketball enthusiasts in Ste. Rose will have a court of their own to play on by year’s end.

The only basketball courts currently available are the courts located at the school and they have restricted use during school hours. And they are also set up for children in Grades 6 and under, so are small and they are also in disrepair.

And because of the court’s location, it is often flooded in the springtime.

So a group of local residents, spearheaded by some local youth, have begun fund-raising to build a new basketball facility, which will promote health and wellness in the community.

David Hopfner of the fund-raising committee said there is a big interest in the sport in the community.

“And we don’t have basketball courts for the older kids, the high school kids and adults. So we were thinking something like that was needed for our community,” he said.

Strilkiwski Contracting has been secured as the general contractor for the project, with a location yet to be determined. The group is working with the Municipality of Ste. Rose and Turtle River School Division on a tentative location and they hope to have that finalized soon.

“It’s just a matter of getting all the legalities out of the way,” Hopfner said.

The group is beginning it’s fund-raising phase, looking for community support. They are looking for individuals or businesses that would be interested in participating in a field of dreams project, either donating seed, chemical, fertilizer, or custom work. Cash sponsorship levels are also set and they are looking for anyone interested in assisting the construction phase of the project, which includes landscaping, fencing, electrical and gravel hauling, working in conjunction with the general contractors.

All contributions to the project, whether it’s a cash gift or in-kind will be acknowledged as sponsors of the project.

Plans for fund-raising activities are still in the early planning stages, Hopfner said.

“Some of our committee is going to get together and proceed forward with certain events we feel that will help us out,” he said.

Donations can be made to “The Court Project” and mailed care of Derek Brunel, Box 658 Ste Rose, MB, R0L 1S0.

Hopfner feels the new court will be good for the community.

“It should be well used,” he said, adding flyers will be sent out through the mail.

The plan is to break ground this spring, with construction of the court to completed by the fall.

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