LETHBRIDGE - Officials at Exhibition Park are working hard to secure additional funding for their
$90-million redevelopment project.
In the last Capital Improvement
Program, the City committed $25 million in contingent capital money based on
their ability to get other levels of government to contribute as
General Manger Rudy Friesen says they've been meeting with members
of the federal and provincial government to press for that funding, but it's a
slow process. "The federal government, in it's last budget, announced
$16-billion in new Building Canada money over the next 10 years, but they've yet
to release the criteria by which you qualify for that money and for whatever
reason in terms of how the relationship works, the province really wants to know
what that criteria is before they can fully understand how they can participate,
so that's kind of slowed things down for sure over the last number
There is other upgrades underway around Exhibition Park at the moment.
Friesen says "we've pretty much finished the electrical work, you'll certainly
notice that in the facility in terms of the brightness. The challenge for us
right now is the infrastructure work on the street is only half done and it
won't be completed until after spring thaw, so we're going to have to massage
our way around that for Ag Expo and Home and Garden. There will be some traffic
and parking logistics for sure and we're working with the City on that."
Ag Expo is set for February 26-28 and the Home and Garden Show will run from