A big milestone was reached in the construction of Morinville's new Regional Recreation Facility.
 
On Monday (December 18), the inaugural piling was drilled for the complex.
 
It marks the first piece of the $24.3-million replacement for the aging Ray MacDonald Arena, the largest investment in recreation for the community to-date.
 
"It's something that's needed, our old arena, which was originally a second-hand hanger from the Edmonton Garrison, has outlived itself," explained Morinville mayor, Barry Turner. "We're looking to replace it with a facility that will expand our opportunities and have larger events."
 
Phase one will include an arena, field house, walking and running track as well as some fitness space.
 
"We are looking forward to the project taking shape."
 
In the coming weeks, 150 pilings will be erected for the project.
 
It's estimated the first phase will open some time in the spring of 2019.

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