By Stan Ashbee
Sunny South News
In 2014, the Picture Butte and District Recreation and Culture Committee was born.
According to the committee, it was created to serve a number of purposes and was started because the committee had a number of residents wanting to see upgrades to town facilities and programs offered in Picture Butte.
Council, realized community members wanted to be heard in regards to recreation and cultural facilities and activities within the town. Community members facilitated the creation of the committee.
The committee is a separate entity from the Town of Picture Butte and was established as a society under the Society Act. Therefore, the committee can apply for funding municipalities can’t apply for.
The mandate of the committee is to:
* Plan, develop, implement, evaluate and advise as to matters pertaining to parks, green spaces, recreation programming, facilities and events pertaining to the town.
* Work in co-operation with other agencies to promote and fundraise for recreational projects decided upon by the committee.
* Hear and consider representation by an individual, organization or delegation of citizens with respect to parks and recreation or community activities.
* Make recommendations to town and Lethbridge County councils regarding recreational priorities decided upon by the committee.
Committee members are made up of town and county residents, town councillors and town administration and staff.
For more information or to get involved contact Keith Davis at the town office at 403-732-4555 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the committee, the community-minded group is endeavouring to make Picture Butte a better place to live by implementing community events.
Events include a July 1 Canada Day celebration from 4-8 p.m. at the Lions Park, an upcoming movie in the park night, and a farmers’ market.
The committee stated in a recent media release, the group would like to see the town’s recreational facilities stay viable and current. The committee would also like to work with other groups in the community to pool resources and funds to assist in the enhancement of recreational and cultural facilities within the town. The group wants to hear the opinions and ideas of Picture Butte residents and the committee welcomes input.
As for the future, the committee has been working on plans to present to town council, in regards to a pool renovation to make the pool more family-friendly. The committee, also stated in the recent media release, it is prepared to fundraise for infrastructure projects approved by the town.
Picture Butte and District’s new Recreation and Culture Committee meets on the first Monday of each month.