Cochrane’s football community had an enthusiastic kickoff to raise funds to add much-needed amenities to the Spray Lake Sawmills Legacy Sports Field.

About 150 gathered at the Venue Bar and Grill for a dinner and silent auction, Nov. 2, for the first thrust in raising about $350,000 to development change rooms, washrooms, expanded stands and equipment storage space. It comes after three full seasons on the artificial multi-sports field, located by the Bow Valley High School, that is widely used by the community for field sports, including football, soccer and high schools sports.

“It was an outstanding evening,” says Paul McLean, president of the Cochrane Minor Football Association. “People there really enjoyed the evening and showed their support for the project.”

This is only the first step.

“Everyone recognizes that some of these improvements need to be done and now we’re going to start reaching out to the greater community and greater sports community and see how they can assist us to move this project forward as quickly as possible so we can get these improvements in the ground.”

Monetary and trade contributions are welcomed and volunteers will be utilized where possible. It is the same multi-pronged strategy used to complete the artificial turf.

“We definitely want to try to stretch our dollars as far as we can.”Tommy Forzani encouraged people to get behind the project.

Calgary Stampeders’ Wall of Famer Tommy Forzani encouraged people to step up to help make the next step possible not only for local football teams but other field sports.

Playing his university ball with the Utah State Aggies, he says the quality of field facilities does put visiting teams on edge. He gave the example of a game the Aggies played at the superior Oklahoma State facilities.

“After you go through it, being their opponent the next day, they’re already up by 14 points. It’s that impressive.”

Several members of the famed Hart Family were in attendance to throw their support behind the project and contributed several items to the silent auction.

“It was really exciting,” says McLean. “Cochrane is a great community with a lot of people who are volunteers, supporters and donors for worthwhile projects like this. It was good and to see that extend into the greater community and to the Hart family throwing their support behind the initiative. I think it was very well received.”

Besides parents and coaches of several local teams, there were alumni Cochrane football players in attendance. That included Caleb Clark, who quarterbacked the Bow Valley Bobcats to back-to-back provincial championships in 2002 and 2003 before going to Western Michigan State on a football scholarship.

More Local News

White Paper Warns of Hazard of Cochrane Pipeline Corridor

PipeFX Limited president Alan Goddard questions if it’s worth the risk to add another pipeline to a corridor that runs north to south through Cochrane and suggests this could be the right time to…

New Year, New Recruits, and New Opportunities for Cochrane Search and Rescue

With January 1st being the first day of a new annual cycle for Cochrane Search and Rescue (CSAR), we thought it would be a good idea to catch up with the non-profit organization. Bill Erickson,…

Dense Fog Could Affect Your Morning Commute

A fog advisory for the Cochrane area was put into effect at 8:21 pm this evening (January 15). Environment Canada issued the weather statement due to visibility currently nearing zero in some areas…

Ninety-Two Businesses Help Make Fire Safety Info Accessible to Youth

Thanks to sponsorship from numerous Cochrane businesses, youth ages 7 to 12 will learn valuable information regarding fire safety thanks to a book put out by Community Safety Net. The coiled handbook…

No Shortlist Finalized Yet to Name New Bridge

What started out as a tight timeline for the naming of the new Bow River crossing has gone into slo-mo. Town council's decision on what will be the final three potential names for the new bridge has…

Town Relying on Supplementary Assessment to Make Budget Target

The town is relying upon its supplementary assessment to reach the four per cent growth target used for the 2019 municipal budget. A report presented to council tonight, Jan. 14, by Gail Butz, the…

CHAPS Photo Archives Open for Viewing Wednesday

With a population now surpassing 29,000, it may be hard to imagine the humble beginnings of Cochrane as a small community along the CP Rail mainline. Thanks to CHAPS, you'll be able to take a glimpse…

Kilt Up: Cochrane Pipe Band Celebrates 20 Years

The Cochrane Pipe Band is gearing up to celebrate its 20th anniversary at their annual Robbie Burns event this Saturday evening (January 19). A packed house of partygoers will gather at the Cochrane…

A Reminder That Cochrane is Under a Ban

Although the nice weather makes sitting around an outdoor fire tempting, Cochrane Fire Services is reminding the community at large that we are still under a fire ban. Inspector Jeff Avery with…

Food Bank Gets Extra $1,000 Thanks to Photographer Leah Peterson

The Activettes Food Bank received an extra $1,000 from CP Rail, thanks to an image captured by local photographer Leah Peterson during Holiday Train visit to Cochrane last month. Leah Peterson's…

CochraneNow.com is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login