The Williams Lake Trail Riders Association will get a new roof over their heads at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds thanks to a provincial COVID-19 grant.
Barb Stuart, current director and past president of WLTRA, said the group received $ 109,803 from the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program to install a new roof over the Trail Rider’s Arena and around 60 stable stands.
“We needed this very, very badly,” Stuart told the Tribune. “The building is over 65 years old and it was badly needed.”
Some of the stands cannot currently be rented due to leaks in the roof, and when it rains, water also leaks through the roof of the indoor arena.
“It’s not good in winter because when it runs through it freezes,” said Stuart. “It’s a definite need project and it’s going to take a long time.”
Construction of the new roof for the arena and stables will begin May 1, Stuart said, depending on the weather.
“If we can go earlier, we will,” she said.
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The project, which is being carried out by Mainline Roofing, is expected to take approximately a month from start to finish.
“We hope it will be completed by the end of June to get all of these tasks done,” said Stuart.
Stuart thanked Williams Lake City Business Developer Beth Veenkamp for bringing the WLTRA in touch with Brent Dafoe, who helped them draft the grant application.
And while COVID-19 has slowed down the regular events, drop-ins and a registration and cancellation sheet are still in operation in the arena.
“As soon as COVID-19 is over, we hope to get back to normal,” said Stuart. “We rent to the women of the BC Barrel Racing Association, we have gymkhanas there, we have the Child Development Center camp there for two weeks in the summer, and that has changed. It’s so unfortunate. “
Stuart said she thinks the WLTRA is a gem in town, with its indoor and outdoor riding arenas and the ability to stabilize animals year round.
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