Building a Vibrant & Strong Community Through Healthy Recreation
The North West Foothills Recreation Board (NWFRB) was founded in 2010 to explore and develop recreation projects within Council Divisions 3, 4 and 5 of Foothills County (Millarville, Priddis, Red Deer Lake & De Winton Areas). NWFRB is a Committee of Foothills County Council.
To work with the residents and established Associations within Foothills County, Divisions 3, 4 and 5, to identify their recreation requirements and engage the communities in the development and provision of recreational facilities without impacting taxes.
Recreation spaces give people a place to be physically active. There is strong scientific evidence to support that “Physical activity plays an important role in the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians”. Public Health Agency of Canada, 2011.
Recreation helps to build a sense of community through playing a sport, cheering on a home team, or taking a walk with family and friends. People of all ages are able to use the Seaman Sports Park and connect with one another while enjoying the outdoors and the amazing scenery.
The first project undertaken by NWFRB was the Seaman Sports Park located near Millarville. NWFRB completed a Division 3, 4 and 5 Parks and Recreation Concept Plan in 2010. The County and NWFRB started working toward our vision by identifying and acquiring 30 acres of land adjacent to the Millarville Racetrack for future development of recreation facilities. To date, funding from Doc Seaman out of the Scott Seaman Fund through the Calgary Foundation, the Scott Seaman Foundation, the Millarville Sports Association (MSA), the Legacy Community Foundation, the Crescent Point Community Grant, and dedicated community members have made the projects possible.
The Concept Plan for the Seaman Sports Park was presented to Council with Phase 1 Outdoor construction receiving approval on July 17, 2013.
Phase 1 Outdoor included two regulation ball diamonds, access road and parking. Opening Day was April 20, 2016 and included the dedication of Powell Field in memory of Tina Powell.
Phase 2 Outdoor is an onsite pathway system is currently under construction with the completion anticipated for 2021.