(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) and Hockey Canada Foundation (HCF) joined members of City Council and the Beverly Heights community to celebrate the re-development of the Beverly Heights Community Rink on Monday afternoon. During the 2013-14 season, the EOCF and HCF announced a joint contribution of $460,000 to bring two new community rinks to the Beacon Heights and Beverly Heights communities. With the Beacon Heights Community Rink completed in February 2014, it’s now the Beverly Heights community’s turn to celebrate their arena’s new facelift.
The partnership dates back to 2010 when the EOCF joined forces with the HCF to host a gala celebration in recognition of the 2010 Olympic gold medal-winning men's and women's teams. The Rings of Gold Gala allowed the HCF to contribute $230,000 to the new community rinks, with the EOCF matching their donation for the project.
"The EOCF has truly enjoyed its partnership with the Hockey Canada Foundation as we’ve worked together to renovate Beverly Heights’ fantastic new outdoor rink," said Richard Wong, EOCF Chair. "This community can look forward to many memories being made out on the ice as families and neighbours can come together, as they have on this Family Day, to enjoy this refurbished outdoor facility for many winters to come.”
"The Hockey Canada Foundation is proud to partner with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation on this community-based initiative for Beverly Heights,” said Chris Bright, Executive Director, Hockey Canada Foundation. "Supporting hockey at the grassroots level is a priority for the Hockey Canada Foundation and its dedicated board members. Creating this type of accessibility to the game is a valuable part of our Canadian fabric and we hope this serves the community well for years to come.”
A short ceremony was held at the Beverly Heights Community Rink to celebrate its grand opening followed by a community celebration and shinny hockey.
“The Beverly Heights Community League is incredibly fortunate to have been selected to receive the guidance, support and funding from the EOCF and HCF to make our wish for a new outdoor hockey and skating rink a reality,” said David Grist, Beverly Heights Community League President. “Our primary role as a community league is to facilitate getting the people of Beverly Heights together and now we have this exceptional new rink for our residents to enjoy.”
The new Beverly Heights Community Rink is now fully operational for community use.
With a focus on programs that support youth education and youth health and wellness in Oil Country, the Oilers Foundation upholds the goal of helping to solve and eradicate social issues while finding long-term solutions to improve the community where we all live, work and play. Since its inception in 2001, the EOCF has contributed more than $25 million to over 2,700 charities, community groups and minor hockey programs in Oil Country.