Province and City Team Up To Fund Feasibility Study of Sports Complex in Brandon

March 6, 2015

Released in partnership by the Province of Manitoba and the City of Brandon

BRANDON—The Province of Manitoba and the City of Brandon will each spend $25,000 to fund a feasibility study into the viability of an outdoor sports complex in Brandon, Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell and Mayor Rick Chrest, City of Brandon, announced today.

“This grant is the first step in a process that will hopefully culminate in a world-class outdoor recreation facility for Brandon,” Minister Caldwell said. “An outdoor sports complex in this community would enhance the quality of life for our citizens and encourage population growth, which in turn contributes to economic growth and jobs.”

“Unprecedented flooding along the Assiniboine River corridor in 2011 and 2014 has forced us to look at a better alternative for outdoor field sports in our community,” said Chrest. “Currently, outdoor leagues are playing in scattered locations across the city, and I and council are deeply committed to working with the community to realize an outdoor sport recreation facility it can truly be proud of.”

The provincial portion of the funding is through the Recreation Feasibility Study Grant Program which provides up to 70 per cent of the costs associated with feasibility studies for recreation projects that are completed by eligible municipalities or community groups to a maximum of $25,000.

The City of Brandon Recreation Feasibility Study will include:

  • a needs assessment,
  • market analysis,
  • conceptual design and costing, and
  • a management plan and operating budget.

“It’s estimated that more than 2,700 sport enthusiasts have been impacted by the chronic flooding at Optimist Park,” said Scott Hildebrand, city manager. “With this funding, we’ll be able to look at what possible lands are best suited for an outdoor sports complex of this nature, how much space our community’s sport groups will actually need and even the desired amenities for such a facility.”

The objective of the Recreation Feasibility Study Grant Program is to provide funding support to communities and to assist them in assessing the viability and sustainability of a recreation facility project. A feasibility study should identify the costs, benefits, issues and opportunities associated with a proposed capital project to assist decision makers in their overall assessment of the project and help them make informed decisions that respond to a community’s needs.

For more information on the Municipal Recreation Feasibility Study Grant Program,visit