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Fort Macleod Fish and Game proposes building clubhouse in park

Fort Macleod Fish and Game Association wants a place of its own to call home.
The club is proposing to build a clubhouse in Fort Macleod Fish and Game Park.
Fish and Game members Brenda Stockton, Rod Payne, Darcy Brauer and Mike Hofer formed a delegation at the Feb. 10 council meeting.
Fish and Game had pitched the idea of a clubhouse to the previous town council.
“We just wanted to bring it forward to the new council and let you know what our intentions are,” Stockton said.
Stockton told council Fish and Game would use the clubhouse for meetings, scoring day and other activities.
The clubhouse would also be used for firearms training and hunter education courses.
“It would be nice for us to have a place to display our trophies,” Stockton added.
An indoor archery range would be the second phase of construction of the clubhouse.
Organizers of South Country Fair, which is held every July in Fish and Game Park, would also be allowed to use the clubhouse.
The 2309 Fort Macleod Army Cadets and Cubs and Scouts would also use the building, but Fish and Game does not plan to rent it out in competition with other facilities.
“Our intention is not for the clubhouse to be used for baby showers and wedding showers, or anything that would take away from the church groups,” Stockton said. “That’s not our intention.”
At present Fish and Game has 217 members. Regular meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month at the Fort Macleod RCMP Centennial Library.
The club will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015.
Fish and Game is already putting money aside for construction of the clubhouse.
“The last two years our banquets have been a huge success,” Stockton said, noting the next one is April 12. “The money from the banquets we’re hoping to put toward the clubhouse.”
Hofer told council Fish and Game wants to have the money in place before the clubhouse is built, so it does not have any debt.
“Our next step would be a written proposal,” Stockton said.
Council thanked the Fish and Game members for the update, and suggested they come back with a written plan and drawings.
The clubhouse would be built outside of the flood plain of the Oldman River.
The Town of Fort Macleod owns Fish and Game Park and council would have to approve construction of the clubhouse.
Fish and Game also requires the Town of Fort Macleod to provide sewer and water service to the clubhouse.

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