Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Gives Redditt Curling Rink New Lease on Life

Published on December 10, 2020

Province’s Investment of $110,000 Allowed for Upgrades of Local Facility

REDDITT — Today, Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River was at the Redditt Curling Rink to visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) supported renovations of the facility. An OTF capital grant for $110,000 for help with upgrades was received last year, allowing the rink to re-open and provide people access to the facility.

“It’s great to see the Ontario Trillium Foundation make important investments here in Northwestern Ontario,” said Rickford. “The Redditt Curling Rink is a vital community space for families and social groups in Redditt and I am proud to see this money used to update and revitalize this facility.”

The grant covered the costs of re-insulating the curling club’s roof, improving drainage to protect the new roof, installing a new exterior doorway and upgrading the existing doorway too. It also bought energy-efficient LED light fixtures, making it possible to give the rink’s interior a new coat of paint. The community as a whole will enjoy the benefits of these upgrades because the rink is used for curling but also hosts a number of community and family events, celebrations, and fundraising activities.

 “We cannot overstate the impact the Ontario Trillium Foundation has had on the success and completion of our curling rink’s renovations,” said Bob Dolyniuk, Chairperson of the Local Service Board of Redditt. “This, in conjunction with the upgrades to our community club which were supported by our community fundraising efforts and the physical efforts of many community volunteers has given our community centre a new lease on life.”

The Redditt Community Centre, the meeting place for the Redditt Local Services Board, is the only faculty in the area that offers a combination of space for community and family sports, social and fundraising events, and is a popular spot to host meetings. The community centre also serves as a temporary emergency shelter and communication/command centre for the surrounding area.