A project to expand the number of changing rooms at the North Thompson Sportsplex is getting a head start – thanks to generous donations by two Clearwater businesses to help with preliminary work.
Borrow Enterprises and Wadlegger Logging and Construction are donating several tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment time to the project, according to District of Clearwater chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx, and public works superintendent Jared Brounstein.
The only cost to the municipality for the preliminary work will be pretty much limited to paying for some materials.
The changing room project itself will involve adding five new changing rooms to complement the existing four. With more girls and women playing hockey, there has been an increasing need for additional changing rooms to avoid conflicts.
The additional changing rooms will mean re-configuring the front of the Sportsplex, which in turn meant the sewer and waterlines needed to be relocated as preliminary work.
Wadlegger Logging fell several trees that were in the way plus prepared the road for re-paving. Borrow Enterprises has been handling the sewer and water reconfigurations.
School District 73 is also partnering in the preliminary work by paying for new blacktop to replace that torn up, as well as repaving the traffic circle in front of Clearwater Secondary School.
The school board is adding new drains and dry-wells to the traffic circle, which should reduce the puddles that often formed there in the past.