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The Great 8

PotashCorp Lanigan, Bolt FM & Discover Humboldt are proud to present The Great 8!
Eight communities are battling it out for the grand prize of $5,000 to go towards projects in their community!


All through July we are saluting eight great communities. 
Read about the eight communities and their chosen projects below.
In August we'll put it to a vote. The community with the most votes will receive $5,000 from PotashCorp Lanigan to go to their project!

Watson

McNab Park's current shower house is in need of some upgrades. The current shower house only has one shower stall and bathroom for men and one of each for women. The current ones are in need of a facelift and some repairs. So rather than investing in them and still having a small shower house we decided to put a plan in place to build a new one with more showers and bathrooms to accommodate more campers and people using our park. We are just in the preliminary stages of this project but we felt the Great 8 Promo was a good way to start things off for it.

McNab Park is a vital asset to Watson and area. We have many people visit our park during the summer months. It brings people to our community. It is also a gathering place for people to come and have a good time. We have a full service 14 site campground. 6x 30 amp sites and 8x 50 amp sites. We also have a grass green 9 hole golf course with power carts available for rent, a fully licensed clubhouse, practice green and pretty much everything any golfer needs. Our swimming pool is open from late June till the end of August with certified lifeguards on duty at all times. Swimming lessons are available throughout the summer as well. We also have aqua fit classes, lane swimming, and the facility is available for private rental as well. All in all our park serves Watson and area whether it's for golfers heading out and hit a quick round to kids needing to cool off from the summer heat with a dip in the pool or for campers needing a place to stay and kick back and relax or custom combiners needing a place to stay during harvest. We have entertainment and facilities for one and all. Also we couldn't have a great facility like this without our staff and all the countless volunteers putting in as many hours as they do to make things great.

Lanigan

Our sportsgrounds were affected by a high water table over the last few years. Frost has caused some of the fence posts on numerous ball diamonds to push up creating a safety concern and the fence is leaning. New bleachers are also needed as the current ones have exceeded their useful life and we would like to accommodate all spectators.

Our track/football field needs renewal of the track and playing surface. We will need to grade the surface and add some material to create an even running surface. The football posts need to be moved to accommodate regulation play and leveling the field needs to be completed as well. The posts around the football field need to be replaced as well. Our soccer fields would benefit from additional drainage to ensure they are able to run their spring program.

Our Sportsgrounds are a gathering place for community members and athletes. From minor ball, slo-pitch, soccer to football, we encourage activity in our youth and their families. We are seeing more minor ball teams playing on the ball diamonds where all the diamonds are in use on many nights. We want to ensure a safe venue for young and old to enjoy sport and recreation in our community.

The costs are many and this will be a multi-year upgrade as budget allows. Raising funds for our sportsgrounds will be a community effort. Improvements always include volunteer time and labour and we are very appreciative of our families and coaches who assist the Town of Lanigan.

Bruno

Bruno's Playground Project will revitalize our park with new equipment. The property previously had a small playground but due to safety concerns the old equipment was removed.  The wooden seesaw was rotting and the old tire swing was unsafe.  Our new equipment will expand the park and encompass a balancing and climbing apparatus, slides, a play fort, as well as multiple swings.  We are including a toddler swing as well as an accessibility swing, a buddy bench and a family picnic table.  The park will provide many hours of enjoyment for our community and surrounding area.  It will enhance the neighbourhood and provide for future generations.  We are hoping to provide more benches and picnic tables, garbage and recycle receptacles and possibly a few more small springy equipment.

Wakaw

Wakaw is a wonderful community to live in.  We have a lot of things going on for kids in the winter such as dance and hockey, however there is not much for them during summer holidays. We have been fundraising for a spray park in Wakaw. The spray park would help increase activities for local youth and another attraction for visitors to the community. Wakaw is a beautiful community both young and old. It's full of so many hearts that it is impossible to pick just one reason. We are a caring community that pulls together in both the good and the bad times. Wakaw not only need this. They deserve it!!

Muenster

The Muenster Curling Club Renovation Project is a big project for our club and will have a huge impact for our community.

The Muenster Curling Club is a thriving facility in our community, and for the surrounding area. We have 150 registered members as well as about 100 casual players. The club is probably the most used building in our community. It sees use by the school, businesses for training, meetings, birthday parties, anniversaries, baseball and hockey teams, and of course lots of curling.

Our building is 40 years old and we are currently undertaking a $50,000 renovation. This is a much needed project due to moisture problems in the ceiling and walls. The full detail of this job is tearing out ceilings, walls, insulation, spray foaming, replacing ceilings and walls, paint, flooring, plumbing, electrical and cabinetry. Due to the nature of this work, most of it will be done by tradesmen, not volunteers. As an example of what this building means to the community, 70 hours of demolition and cleaning was done by volunteers from the local midget baseball team.

Despite the success of our club and heavy use by groups throughout the area, the scale of this project will drain the reserves our club has built. It is a job that needs to be done, or we face the possibility of not being able to use the building in the near future.

Completion of this community project will be the end of October. Once finished we will again be enjoying the use of the building by young and old throughout the community for years to come.

Middle Lake

Last year we started the building of an urban park for our community.  We planted 300 trees, with the help of our K-12 students.  Each one planted one or more trees and could put their name on it.  This project was called "Putting Roots in Your Community"  and everyone was welcome to tag a tree for themselves or a loved one.  We then installed 6 campsites.  These are used during events held at the Community Hall.  This helps to ensure no drinking and driving.  This year the Lions Club is holding a workbee to construct a Summer Kitchen.  This will be open to the public and will add to this park.  Costs for this project are estimated at $11 - 13k.  And will hopefully bring out 15 - 20 volunteers from the community.

Quill Lake

The roof on our arena has been leaking! So we had to do something quick to stop the leaks. Replacing the entire roof is just too big a project, so we discovered that removing and replacing the screws on the tin roof stopped the leaks. The arena is a very important facility in our community and both the curling and skating sides are used by people of all ages, and our school regularly incorporates skating and curling into their phys ed programs.

Naicam

Naicam Kiddie Kollege is a preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds based on learning through play combined with structured academic learning.

Our organization is run by a committee of 8 volunteer board members, and we hire two teachers each year.

Last year we did a major renovation project to our classroom which included replacing old florescent light fixtures with modern led ones, and a new drop down tile ceiling as well as new subfloor and carpet/ tile flooring. We also gave our classroom a fresh coat of paint to make our space more welcoming! This renovation was done in a combination of a few grants we received and parent fundraising.

We would use any additional funds to finish our project. We need to install cove base baseboards as well as replace our entrance door. Any remaining funds are helped to keep our tuition costs as low as possible so that our program can be accessed by all families in our community.

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