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Richardson International donates to park

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Woodlawn Regional Park manager Nathan Puffalt, Richardson Pioneer representative Mike Sarada, RM of Estevan Councillors Don Hilstrom, Lorne Jahn and Del Block, and RM of Estevan Councillor/Woodlawn Regional Park board member Doug Blue participated in the cheque presentation.

The Woodlawn Regional Park has received a $24,000 donation from Richardson International.

The money will be used for kitchen renovations inside the Doug Third Hall at the northeast edge of the park. The hall suffered extensive damage during the Souris River flooding in 2011.

"We need to get appliances for the kitchen, finish off the bar and spruce it up," said Woodlawn Regional Park manager Nathan Puffalt.

The building's name will remain the same, but it will have a Richardson logo to commemorate the support.

"Woodlawn Regional Park is an important resource for our community, and is used by our customers, staff and families for all types of local events," said Randy Riege, the director of operations and Richardson Pioneer Estevan. "Richardson is proud to help support the restoration of the park."

The cost to repair the hall is about $180,000. Money from Richardson and the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program will pay for restoring the hall.

There is still some painting work to be completed inside the hall.  

Doug Third Hall plays an important role for the park, Puffalt said. When it opened, Puffalt claimed that people had to book it two years in advance. The hall will play an important role for the park when it opens later this year.

"I've been getting calls and e-mails off the hook from people who want to get in there for reunions, weddings, parties, Christmas parties, you name it," said Puffalt.

Puffalt said that the RM of Estevan did the work to help Woodlawn Regional Park qualify for the grant.

Not only does the hall add to the services that the park can offer, but it generates income for Woodlawn.


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