News — 11 October 2017
Soccer field building nearing completion

REMR Roofer Jace Jones at work on the multi-use building last week. REMR donated materials and labour for the project.
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By Chris Marchand

The long-awaited multi-use building at North Dryden’s Rotary Soccer Field is nearing completion.

The 4,600 square foot facility, featuring changerooms, washrooms and a concession area is expected to be sealed in for the winter season with windows and doors buy the end of October.

As the $650,000+ project nears completion it received a significant in-kind donation last week as REMR Roofing Ltd. donated materials and labour to shingle the roof.

“We were really happy to have the opportunity to partner up,” said REMR’s Kelly Sipos. “Dryden has been a phenomenal community to us and it was a chance for us to give something back. We’re very supportive of anything to do with active youth.”

The eight-man roofing crew enjoyed a donated lunch from A&W, says the project’s Gary Nickle who’s pleased to see the building take shape.

“Incredible support from REMR, said Nickle. “They were done in a day. Some of the other in-kind donations we’ve had have been obviously the City of Dryden with the property and the sewer and water; Dryden Fire and Security are helping us with the security system; and Tbaytel are going to provide some wi-fi access.”

When complete, the building will operated and maintained by The City of Dryden who will aim to recoup costs with an increase to field rental fees.

“The users will be paying higher fees, but it’s nothing over-the –top,” said Nickle. 

With successful funding applications from the Ontario’s Trillium Foundation, The Canada 150 Fund and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Nickle says the end of a 7-8 year fundraising process is in sight.

“All the funding finally fell into place and it’s great to see it built,” said Nickle. “It adds a nice appeal when you see it from a distance — the way it’s designed. The covered area gives it a lot of character. It’s a very good news story for the community. It’s nice, especially in the last five years, do something like this when the city’s been having their financial challenges.” 

Spring will see improvements to the building’s interior as well as landscaping. Nickle adds the building’s interior will require features like benches, kitchen countertops and various other items.

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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