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Southern Plains Co-op supports valuable recreational projects

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Oxbow and Gainsborough will benefit.

ESTEVAN – The Southern Plains Co-op has made strides in supporting recreational projects in the communities it serves.

The Oxbow Rink Board's recent co-op gift card fundraiser represents another significant step toward their goal of raising $800,000, as they received a $7,000 donation from the co-op.

The Oxbow rink complex features both an ice skating and curling ice surface and offers a wide range of sports and activities including figure skating, minor hockey, women's and men's ice hockey, a senior ice hockey team and curling. The ice rink not only provides space for sporting activities, but also plays an important role in fundraising for the community during the summer months.

“Community rinks are more than just sports facilities – they are community gathering places that bring people together,” said Brooke Spagrud, member relations manager at Southern Plains Co-op. “We are grateful for the opportunity to support organizations like the Oxbow Rink Board and the entire community as they work to secure the future of their rink.”

The other donation went to the Gainsborough Swimming Pool paddling pool project. On April 3, the cooperative presented a $5,000 donation, bringing pool management one step closer to its vision of a safe and inclusive space for the community to enjoy during the summer months.

The Gainsborough Swimming Pool serves as a focal point for residents of Gainsborough, Carievale, Storthoaks and surrounding communities, offering a range of programs and activities for all ages.

From swim lessons to aquasize classes to public swimming lessons, the pool strives to provide a welcoming environment for everyone.

With the support of the Southern Plains Co-op and other donors, the pool board has made progress toward its fundraising goal of $155,000 for the wading pool. By the end of 2023, they had already raised around $85,000.

For inquiries or to find out more about how you can support the Gainsborough Swimming Pool splash pad project, please contact any board member.