The Lacombe Athletic Park Association (LAPA) has returned to the city’s trough asking for more month.
This comes after promising that they would be able to operate and maintain the athletic park and field house.
But now they want more taxpayers’ dollars.
This didn’t sit well with Lacombe citiy council at its June 25 meeting and rightly so.
In 2011, the LAPA, in a presentation to the city, told council that the LAPA “feels that the operation of the MEGlobal Athletic Park will be done more efficiently than any municipality would.”
In that presentation, the LAPA promised they would aggressively market the facility regionally.
To their credit they enticed the Red Deer Buccaneers to relocate to Lacombe and renaming themselves Central Alberta Buccaneers.
In addition, when Red Deer’s Great Chief Park was closed at the last minute last fall due to weather and field conditions leaving many Central Alberta football teams without a field for their playoff games, Lacombe’s artificial turf at ME Global Park was a welcome relief. The affected games were rescheduled in Lacombe.
No doubt this brought spin-off benefits to local businesses. And certainly the impressive field house and artificial turf are an incredible tribute to this community. For this the organizers and volunteers of the LAPA absolutely deserve recognition and credit.
But, maybe the Lacombe Taxpayers’ Association has a valid point when they say this community is too small to support such a facility.
It’s up to you to decide and tell your council.