The small and outdated buildings to which we’ve adapted will soon be replaced by a larger, brighter, modern community-oriented centre with the capacity to host a diverse number of programs and many more participants. The new PARDS Therapeutic Riding Centre is multi-use and designed to accommodate people of all ages and abilities, with a wide spectrum of programs to meet community need. We are almost complete, but we need your help to push us over the finish line!
The Peace Area has waited a long time for this new facility. The Board has a clear vision and with the cooperation of the County of Grande Prairie, the City of Grande Prairie, the Provincial government along with numerous additional supporters and dedicated citizens, PARDS has moved forward to make the New Centre a reality.
Alberta’s Peace District has a reputation as among Canada’s most beautiful places. The quality of life in Grande Prairie makes the community an ideal place in which to live, work and raise a family; and the region is committed to delivering the infrastructure necessary for all our citizens to fully participate in life here.
Those who make Grande Prairie their home, place a high value on community-based organizations that provide programs and services for people of all abilities. PARDS is one such organization that takes great satisfaction in knowing its programs and services have an impact in the community. The organization’s superb programs enhance life not only for Grande Prairie’s population of almost 60,000 but also for residents in the surrounding area.
The Society requires a facility that can match the dynamism of its programs, the energy of its staff and volunteers, and the enthusiasm of its participants. Our current facility operates at maximum capacity. There is a waiting list for both therapeutic and public services. Opportunities to develop additional therapeutic programming to better serve the needs of our community are limited. There is no room to expand and with annexation to the City, development of the surrounding land of our current property puts even more pressure on the Society to relocate.
The calibre of a community’s support system for the most vulnerable of its citizens influences corporations, professionals and families in making decisions about where to locate. And, from a healthy lifestyle perspective, these facilities are more important than ever to provide opportunities for individuals to pursue the therapeutic services they need for themselves and their families.
Construction of the New Facility requires widespread support. The total cost of this undertaking is $4.2 million and we are still $900,000 short of our fundraising goal. PARDS must turn for support to the people of Grande Prairie and the surrounding area. Join us in enhancing the lives of people of all ages and abilities through Equine Assisted Therapy by making a financial or gift-in-kind commitment toward this project.
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