Unfortunately for Prince Albert, the city will not be seeing the grand prize of $100,000 from the Kraft Celebration Tour.
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Kinsmen Water Park
Earlier this summer, Prince Albert resident nominated the Kinsmen Water Park for the Kraft Celebration Tour. The city was chosen as one of the top 10 winners of the event, guaranteeing a $25,000 in prize money.
Unfortunately when the grand prize winner was announced during SportsCentre on TSN Monday, Barrhead, Alta. was chosen for the $100,000 grand prize.
“I’m pleased for them but it was also a very positive experience for us as a community who brought it together,” said Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne. “That rainy day, I was surprised how many people were there.”
The Kraft Celebration Tour came through Prince Albert last week, with a huge party hosted in the Kinsmen Water Park parking lot and a live broadcast of SportsCentre.
Dionne was also proud to be from Prince Albert when he saw how everyone banded together during the event.
“I’m just so pleased with the community even though we didn’t win the TSN challenge,” he said. “It certainly united us and brought us together.”
Although the city did not receive the grand prize, Dionne said they are already looking to the future. It is estimated it will cost approximately $260,000 to repair the slides.
“Our next step is we are going to continue to work on getting the water slides funded and reopened,” he said. “We already have $25,000, as you know, from TSN and it sparked new interest both from the business community and service community that have been contacting us on ways to raise the money.
“I’m quite sure in the next month or two we will have another positive announcement to make.”
The Kinsmen Club will be meeting in September and will decide if they would like to fund the slides, but other organizations may get involved as well.
“While that goes on we are meeting with other community leader service clubs to get it funded.”