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Hitmen Foundation Presents Eugene Coste School Playground Redevelopment Project With $50,000 Community Restoration Grant

The Calgary Hitmen Foundation today presented the Eugene Coste School Playground Redevelopment project with a $50,000 grant from the Community Restoration Program.

The Spanish bilingual school, located in the Calgary community of Haysboro, garnered over 29,000 votes in an online poll which concluded on Friday, March 2, at HitmenHockey.com.  The poll, the third step in the award process, included other grant finalists Indus School Accessible Playground and Parkdale Community Outdoor Rink.

“The Eugene Coste community is so grateful for the generosity of the Calgary Hitmen Foundation and their support for our playground project,” said Eugene Coste School Principal Sra. Tanis Greenlaw.  “The opportunity to share our story and receive such an overwhelming outpouring of support from members of the community and beyond is greatly appreciated. The students cannot wait for their new playground which will be built next spring!”

There is great demand for this redevelopment due to the age and condition of the existing playground.  It does not meet current safety standards and will be removed in the spring of 2019 by the Calgary Board of Education because of the following problems:

  • Unleveled landscaping which causes flooding each spring
  • Rusty hand holds
  • Broken pieces
  • Splintered wood
  • Parts that can no longer be repaired due to discontinuation from the manufacturer

“This marks the second year for the Hitmen Community Restoration program which began with a $50,000 grant to the Millarville Sports Association Outdoor Rink Refurbishment last May,” said Hitmen Vice President and Alternate Governor Mike Moore.  “This program helps connect communities by providing funding to valuable projects essential in promoting physical activity.”

The Calgary Hitmen Foundation has been giving back to education and wellness programs in the community and surrounding area for over 15 years. The heart of the Foundation is the scholarship program which funds the post-secondary education of Hitmen players and alumni.  Support is also provided to grassroots sport organizations and health initiatives including Camp Kindle through Kids Cancer Care Foundation, the Rainbow Society, CBE Fuel for School and Distress Centre’s ConnecTeen.  To date, the Foundation has supported Calgary and area agencies with over $2.8 million.

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