In a press release, the City of Humboldt announced that it has cleared the way for an application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) for funding to support the Broncos Tribute Centre.
The release explains that just over a year ago, the Humboldt Broncos Memorials Committee unveiled its vision for the Humboldt Broncos Tribute Centre and Roadside Memorial. The vision includes a multipurpose ice and event arena, the tribute centre gallery and community-use spaces including fitness and therapy spaces. The roadside memorial would be located near the location of the collision at Highways 35 and 335. The concepts are estimated to cost approximately 35 million dollars.
“We are very optimistic that our application for ICIP funding will be received positively, and getting this application submitted marks a significant milestone along the path to beginning construction. There is however a lot of activity that will still need to occur over the next few months”, said City Manager, Joe Day.
The City intends to connect with user groups for a needs assessment as the plans for the facility progress. It will also enter into conversations around fundraising commitments and operating and funding agreements.
“Clearly our existing arena falls short of being able to provide the ice time requirements for the current users, which is a problem that will only get worse for our growing community if we don’t add another ice surface. The proposed facility not only addresses that concern but also develops spaces so that Humboldt can meet the demand for a wide range of events that are well suited to our centralized location within the province”, said Mayor Behiel. “The proposed Tribute Center and the Roadside Memorial would also be places of spiritual, emotional, and mental healing. Our hope is that the values that guided the 2017- 18 Broncos will continue to inspire our kids to become better teammates and future leaders,” said Carol Brons, Mother to Dayna Brons. If approved, the ICIP grant funding could provide close to $25 million towards the construction of the Tribute Centre facility. The remaining funding required to fulfill the vision of the Memorials Committee, including the roadside memorial, is expected to come from a combination of municipal funding, partner contributions and fundraising.
More information is available at broncostributecampaign.com.