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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta There's much more to Sportsplex than ice facilities By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The Sportsplex is much more than "just an ice facility." That is the message Sportsplex officials are attempting to bring home to potential users of the non-ice facilities in the building. It is difficult, they say, to convince potential users that the building is designed for multi-purpose use when the ice surface is the only facility available for use now. However, the situation should change early in 1975 when most of the facilities will be in operation and the portable floor for covering the ice surface is installed. When construction is com- pleted the Sportsplex will in- clude a running track, hand- ball courts, a physical fitness centre, volleyball, basketball, tennis and badminton courts and a large area that can be used for archery, company and organization gatherings and other similar activities. Bob Bartlett, city communi- ty service director, says many of the non-ice activities can take place while the ice sur- face is being used for figure and public skating, bazaars and team training sessions. The facility can also be con- verted into an all non-ice facility, according to Mr. Bartlett. For example, when the por- table floor arrives in Jan- uary, it can be placed on the ice surface for tennis, basket- ball, volleyball or physical education instruction while other areas of the building are being used for handball, track running, archery and physical fitness training. Portable floor going in Ray Lambert, Sportsplex says it is difficult for potential users of the non- ice portion to envisage the buildings potential until it is completed and the portable floor and all its line markings is in place on the ice surface. However, he is sure that any potential users that are hedging about renting the non- ice portion of the facility now will be enthusiastic about its potential when they see it in completed form. The Lethbridge Community College is one potential user that still is skeptical about the Sportsplex being able to meet its needs. College officials have claimed that the Sportsplex does not meet all their physical education and athletic program needs and LCC is in the process of costing the construction of its own sports facility. There is no doubt that the Sportsplex will not facilitate college needs as adequately as it might have if college dollars had been involved in building a gymnasium in the Sportsplex or if the college constructs its own facility. However, since the college is not likely to have its own sports facility for another two years, if ever, the Sportsplex facilities would provide the college with facilities that are much more adequate than LCC is now using. LCC director impressed As in the past two years, class sizes are restricted in the physical education program because of a shor- tage of courts and safety and space problems for such ac- tivities as golf and archery. Part of the physical educa- tion program is also being taught in a large classroom and students are using the corridors to exercise. In addition, the college is renting off-campus facilities to carry out their physical education and continuing education programs. Mr. Bartlett believes college officials who are reluctant to rent the Sportsplex may change their mind if they tour the building and see the facilities they could make use of Surprisingly, only one college officials has taken time to check out the Sportsplex facilities with the buildings management since it opened this fall. The lone visitor Ben Brooks, LCC athletic director, was im- pressed "It is a beautiful facility we would be more than proud to play there if two or three of the administrative details can be he said in an inter- view. Doug Alston, the ad- ministrator responsible for scheduling the LCC physical education program, has not discussed college use of the Sportsplex with its manage- ment but he hasn't been directed to do so either. Operating costs not firm The LCC board of governors has not discussed the feasibili- ty of renting the Sportsplex since it decided last spring to begin costing its own facility so college administrators are uncertain of the direction they must take, if any Uncertainty of the cost in- volved of renting the Sportsplex. hindered the college from making any firm decisions last spring about utilizing the facility But that information has been available for more than two months now. When the portable floor has to be placed on the ice sur- face, the proposed Sportsplex rental schedule calls for a minimum charge of rent or an hour, depending on which is the greater. If the floor does not have to be placed, the charge is set at an hour. The fees for non- commercial use, Mr. Lambert says, are set at a level that results in a slight loss in the operation of the facility. He also suggests the schedule of fees is not firm at this time because the actual costs of operating the Sportsplex will not be known until it has been in operation for a period of time The fees may also be reduc- ed for a major non- commercial user that enters a contract for long-term use of the facilities. Mr. Bartlett says it has been difficult to reach any type of an agreement with the college because there were so many variables affecting the amount of time Sportsplex facilities could be made available to it and the operating costs. Looking for bookings Now. the Sportsplex management is in a position where it can book blocks of daytime use and negotiate a rental agreement with the college and other groups in- terested in using the building, he points out. He also says major poten- tial users of the building should complete arrangements for rental of the Sportsplex during the next few months so they can receive equal consideration when the Sportsplex schedule for fall and winter 1975-76 is drawn up this spring. Mr. Bartlett indicated the Sportsplex could also meet some of the minor needs of the college if it means the college will become a major user of the facility Lockers could be installed, offices could be made available for college physical education and athletic staff and the Sportsplex has storage areas that could be restricted to college use. he explained While it is difficult to es- tablish the number of daytime hours the Sportsplex could be made available to the college at this time. Mr. Bartlett believes some of the facilities could be used by the college five days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. He quickly pointed out that the portable floor would not be available for a portion of the afternoon or at times, for any part of the day. to the college. But. the track, the handball courts, the physical fitness centre and the large area on the South end of the rink could be used by the college even when Ihe ice surface area is not available, he suggested The area at the end of the rink is large enough for a practice basketball or volleyball court. Mr Brooks says he would like to make plans to use the Sportsplex in 1975 for the college athletic program "The athletic program couldn't help but benefit from such a facility." If the college rents the Sportsplex. he says he will book some American college basketball teams to play the LCC team. Local news Tlic Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, November 4, 1974 Pages 11-20 RICK ERVIN photo Sunday shift pushes completion A worldwide shortage of structural steel has set back a completion date for the 6th Avenue bridge until the end of the year. The men here are working a Sunday shift as part of the effort to insure the bridge is open before the Canada Winter Games in February. Steel girders on the bridge to West Lethbridge went up five months behind schedule because of the shortage, a spokesman for the consulting engineers, Stanley and Associates, said today. Two buses fire truck District accident kills 3 Three people were killed in a two-car collision on a dis- trict road one mile north and one mile east of Claresholm Sunday about p.m. RCMP have identified the victims of the mishap as Gordon James Melom, 23; Susan Jane Melom, 17, and Sharon Lynn Melom, one month, all of Claresholm. RCMP say the three, a man, his wife and child, were killed instantly when their east- bound car was in collision with a northbound half-ton truck at a district intersec- tion. Rudolf Lang, 23, a Claresholm district farmer was the driver of the truck. He suffered lacerations as a result of the accident and is reported in satisfactory condi- tion in Claresholm hospital. The accident is still under investigation. An inquest will be held but no date has been set. Sportsplex opening draws nearly City officials are counting Saturday's family oriented official opening of the Sportsplex a resounding success today, estimating they played host to nearly people. The day began at 7 a.m. with pee wee hockey and the last public skaters left the ice about 14 hours later. In between the city's guests consumed some dougnuts and drank glasses of pop. Public skating was exceptionally popular, with some 300 to 400 skaters on the Sportsplex ice from time to time. Mayor Andy Anderson officated at the mid after- noon opening, assisted by Ian Howard, representing federal Health and Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde; Max Gibb, representing Culture Minister Horst Schmid; Charles Virtue, president of the Canada Winter Games, and Lou Osipou, representing Phillips, Barratt, Hillier, Jones and Partners, Vancouver con- sulting engineers and architects. City shopping list approaches Achievement awards go to four in South Four Southern Albertans were among some 160 persons given Alberta achievement awards in Edmonton at the weekend. Andrew Staysko, George Watson and Yosh Senda of Lethbridge and Fred Glad- stone of Cardston were chosen by the government to receive awards for outstanding contributions to the province during the past 10 years. Mr. Staysko, 84, an early pioneer in this area and an ex- pert in railway development, volunteered his service to the Lethbridge museum for more than 15 years after his retirement. Mr. Watson, a founder of the Sir Alexander Gait Museum, has been a leading figure in documenting the history of Southern Alberta. Mr. Senda was chosen for his development and up- grading of Judo in Alberta. Mr. Gladstone, a long-time spokesman for Alberta In- dians, has served as an Alberta representative to the Canadian National Indian Council. An extensive list of equip- ment and material purchase requests for next year that will touch off the first round of 1975 city budget debates go to city council Monday. Four to contest nomination Four candidates have taken out memberships to sell to supporters for the Lethbridge East Progressive Conservative nomination tonight. Premier Peter Lougheed is slated to address the nomina- tion meeting at the El Rancho Motor Hotel. The" meeting starts at 8 p.m. The public has been invited to attend to hear the premier although only residents of Lethbridge East can become eligible to cast votes by purchasing a PC membership card. Winner of the nomination will run in the next provincial election against incumbent Socred John Anderson. Casey Wiskerke, 41, today became the fourth candidate to declare he will contest the nomination. A resident of the Lethbridge area since 1953, he operates the Pic A Pop soft drink franchise in the city. John Fortune. 45. a petroleum engineer. Dick Johnston. 34. an accountant and Jean Kuijt. 42. a housewife, have already declared they will enter the race. The requests for everything from two transit buses to a backhoe tractor are being made now in anticipation of long delivery times, says City Manager Allister Findlay. "If we are required to defer purchase orders until the operating budget receives council approval, we are sure that much of the material and equipment will be received too late in the year to be of assistance in the operating he says. The preliminary requests total nearly They include such items as two 52- passenger transit buses at total, a fire truck, a truck with hydraulic aerial box for electric work, a street sweeper, a backhoe and loader tractor, a asphalt roller, and worth of asphalt and gravel. Some aldermen balked last year when similar early re- quests were made, complain- ing that they did not like to approve such requests without seeing the total budget. But the budget isn't usually ready until after the new year and sometimes well into the spring, depending on timing of provincial government decisions affecting municipal budgeting. Council will also deal with a request for from fhe city's contingencies fund for an over-expenditure this year on bus parts. The budget allocation was but according to Mr. Findlay bus repair parts went up 50 per cent in cost this year, while tire prices went up 40 per cent instead of only 25 per cent as estimated in the budget. Teachers, trustees near accord The negotiating committees of the Lethbridge public school teachers and trustees reached an agreement Satur- day on a 1975 teacher contract. The collective agreement, reached after about a month of bargaining, still must be ratified by the trustees and teachers. The trustees" negotiation committee is to present the agreement to a meeting of the whole board Nov. 12 for ratification. A similar general meeting of all public school teachers is to be held on or before the same date. "It was a tremendous round of negotiations." Jim Trebble. the chairman of the teachers' negotiation committee, said in an interview today. Both the board and the teacher committee "came out pretty good." he said. During the contract talks in October, the two groups scored what is considered a major breakthrough in teacher-board relations when they agreed on the formation of a committee to negotiate teacher working conditions throughout the year Here's Sportsplex rent proposal LARGE UNFINISHED SOUTH END OF SPORTSPLEX A proposed rental schedule has been formulated by Sportsplex officials for public and organization use after the 1975 Canada Winter Games in February. The rental rates vary from an hour to per day depending on the facility being used and the status of the organization using it. The rental schedule for recreational use is as follows: Minor organizations (hockey, basketball, tennis, figure skating) an hour: Adult tennis, basketball, volleyball, hockey, figure skating an hour, Recreation parties an hour; Handball 75 cents per person per 45 minutes or per group for 20-to 45-minute sessions. College, university or school use minimum or an hour, whichever is the greater. For non commercial use the follow- ing charges are proposed: Daytime use or an hour