The McCauley Rink Project
Jack Basterash - Challenge Insurance Group Inc.
McCauley Rink Project
107 Ave & 96 street, Edmonton, Alberta
September 24, 2012
Overview:Aviva Community Fund The McCauley Rink Project
Located in the heart of the “Inner City” on the corner of 96th Street and 107th Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta is the re-development of an old outdoor rink to serve the needs of at risk youth in Edmonton’s Inner City.
Al Hamilton, Former Pro Hockey Player with the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruin great, Ted Green and Father Jim Holland, Pastor of the Sacred Heart Church of the First People had a vision and a mission to provide a safe place with excellent facilities for inner city families, at risk youth/kids to gather & participate in hockey, playing shinny or skate in the winter and have ball hockey, basketball & other activities in the spring, summer & fall.
The Goal was to provide a “Jewel” in the inner city that everyone would be proud of that would be a safe haven for all at risk youth/kids who would otherwise not have an opportunity to participate. However the situation was that the rink was in a state of disrepair, it had some boards but no change facilities, fencing, supervision or funding.
After two years of planning with the City of Edmonton & meetings with Mayor Stephen Mandel to explain our goals and ambitions for the site, we eventually had a camp trailer donated & retrofitted to our needs. We lined up a construction company that would act as our Project Manager to supervise & co-ordinate all of the trades (who donated their services) through the construction phase. The mayor appointed a City of Edmonton employee to monitor proceedings along with our professional planner who volunteered his services to supervise the Project. In very short order we were able to get all the grading done, place the trailer on site, fence the property for security purposes and hook up all facilities (sewer, water, electricity & gas).
The Initial Phase of the project was achieved. We hired Lyle “Sparky” Kulchisky as our manager. Lyle worked for 34 years in the Edmonton Oiler organization as the dressing room manager. We also had the services of Dan Glugosh, an ice maker who lives in the inner city, to make the ice. On December 28th, 2011 we opened with our first event. The Edmonton City Police and its beat cops had a shinny game with the kids. Food was served and every child had skates, helmet and sticks provided to them. Each child also received a brand new Oiler jersey. From that day forward we averaged 30 – 50 kids per night. On most days many lined up at 4:30 for the facility to open. Family Day attracted over 300 people including many moms and dads.
The Project has already proven to be a resounding success. It will save lives and hopefully continue to provide the opportunity for the kids to dream and have fun in a safe and loving environment. We are also attracting classes from the neighbourhood schools during the day. These kids are learning to skate and play shinny. There are no organized activities so that everyone can participate.
The Project needs capital to operate the facility on a year round basis. The building permit allows for the existing structure/trailer to remain on site for 3 years therefore a new permanent structure/building/clubhouse would eventually have to be constructed.
We are currently registering for a “not for profit” organization with a board of directors that will oversee the finances, operation and continuity of the Project. We are committed to speak to service clubs, corporations and foundations to broaden our donor base. In many years of community involvement this is truly the most heart-warming Project we have ever had the privilege to be involved with. We are grateful for your consideration and sincerely hope that you will cast your vote everyday for this worthy cause : The McCauley Rink Project Aviva Community Fund