Rocky View County (RVC) council approved four regional recreation funding requests at its May 22 meeting. Based on a recommendation by the Policy and Priorities Committee (PPC), council approved two funding requests from the Springbank Park For All Seasons Agricultural Society (SPFAS) totaling $400,000, and three funding requests from the Spray Lake Sawmills Recreation Park Society (SLSRPS) totaling $233,550. “The criteria for grant eligibility outlines that a regional facility is determined by the County to be qualified as such, and is owned or co-owned by the County,” said Susan de Caen with Recreation and Community Services. Council may allocate up to $400,000 to SPFAS for general operational expenses or capital project costs, de Caen said. Of this requested amount, she said $320,000 will be used to assist with operating and maintenance costs, and $80,000 will go toward capital projects. At a PPC meeting May 1, Lisa Skelton with SPFAS said the capital funds will be used to replace ice arena heaters that have reached the end of their life cycle, replace refrigeration lines in the mechanical room and reband curling stones. “Curling rocks are very expensive and if they’re not shaped properly, the way they hit each other results in chipping,” she said. According to de Caen, a motion passed by council Jan. 9 directs land sale proceeds of $255,000 to the General Regional Recreation Reserve, to fund projects initiated by SLSRPS. SLSRPS will receive $233,550 to assist with operating costs, as well as $75,000 in capital funding. According to administration’s report, SLSRPS will use $25,000 of this to replace ice resurfacer batteries and $50,000 to pave the arena parking lot. The requests were approved unanimously.