Expansion Kicks Off
September 2012 has been a great time for the future of Professional Baseball in Fort McMurray.  Mayor Melissa Blake jumped into an earth mover and made a statement as she broke ground for the MacDonald Island Expansion


Photo Credit: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

MacDonald Island Parks has also issued the following statement regarding the project:

MacDonald Island Park expansion site clearing set to begin
(Fort McMurray, AB, September 24, 2012) – The clearing, mulching and stockpiling of organic materials required for the MacDonald Island Park expansion site gets underway this week.
Clark Builders commences fencing the perimeter of the expansion site on Tuesday, September 25, while clearing, mulching and accumulation of mixed soil and wood begins on Wednesday, September 26.
The organic materials derived from the process will be stockpiled at the expansion site for future use in the outfield ‘berm’ and tobogganing hill that will sit adjacent to the Tournament Centre.
“We’re excited to get started on what we believe will be an iconic addition to downtown Fort McMurray,” said Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park. “We welcome the opportunity to re-purpose much of the organic material into the ‘berm’ and tobogganing hill at the future Tournament Centre, as we set the stage for a great place for families to gather year-round.”
The clearing of existing sod at the expansion site will begin next week.

“Shell Place” Announced at State of the Island
Shell Albian Sands announced it is the title partner for the MacDonald Island Park expansion project on Saturday night at State of the Island, MacDonald Island Park’s annual black-tie gala.

The partnership is valued at $2.5 million (all figures CAD) and commences immediately with the re-naming of the MacDonald Island Park expansion project to Shell Place. The facility will include an Outdoor Performance Stadium, Shared Space & Conference Centre, and Tournament Centre, among other features.
“Albian employees have called the Fort McMurray area home for more than 10 years, and we are proud to do our part in helping MacDonald Island Park continue as the  ‘heart’ of our community into the future,” said Tom Purves, Vice President, Shell Albian Sands. On behalf of our 2,300 Albian employees and our Athabasca Oil Sands Project joint venture owners, Chevron Canada Limited and Marathon Oil Corporation, we look forward to the opening of Shell Place.”

“The funds from the Shell Place partnership go directly to the MacDonald Island Park operating budget, which speaks to Shell Albian Sands’ commitment to the betterment of the community,” said Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park.

“Because of this partnership we’re able to take a huge step towards ensuring that our key community programs and services remain as accessible and affordable as possible in an ever-growing region of the country,” said Reid. “We believe that Shell Place will be a much-needed and iconic addition to a new City Centre and we thank Shell Albian Sands for contributing in a major way to this journey.”
Purves was presented with a ‘Mi Team’ orange jacket on Saturday night along with joint venture owner representatives Steve Hutchison, Manager Oil Sands, Chevron Canada Limited, and Brian Maynard, Government Affairs Director, Marathon Oil Corporation.

To view a fly through of the new facility - check out this link:

Courtesy: MacDonald Island Parks

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