(Fort McMurray, June 20, 2019) -

The Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) in partnership with Suncor Energy is pleased to announce the renewal of Suncor’s naming rights and ongoing partnership at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre. The renewal consists of continued commitment over the course of a ten-year partnership agreement with the naming rights of the facility.

“Suncor is pleased to support the RRC by signing a $1 million renewal of naming rights for Suncor Community Leisure Centre,” said Shelley Powell, Suncor’s Senior Vice President, Base Plant. “This will go a long way in making sure this facility continues to offer quality recreational programs to our children, youth and adults.”

The 450,000 sq. ft. Suncor Community Leisure Centre has become one of the most popular sport, leisure, fitness and recreational attractions in Fort McMurray. Since opening in 2009, the facility has welcomed millions of visitors and is home to many programs and amenities.

“Through the Suncor Community Leisure Centre partnership, Suncor plays an important role in fostering sport, recreation and event experiences,” said Graig Walsh, RRC CEO. “Their support provides a direct financial investment into enhancing quality of life in the region while improving accessibility to key community services, programming and state-of-the-art facilities. With Suncor’s support we can continue to make a difference in the lives of many for years to come.”

Along with the renewed commitment, the RRC has partnered with the Suncor Energy Foundation and is excited to announce the launch of new programs aimed at addressing needs in the community.

Community Play Day: The community is invited to play the day away at MIP for a one-day event. WB Kids will host the community for a free and fun one-day open house at Suncor Community Leisure Centre featuring food, games and fun. More information will be provided at a later date.

MIP Go Pass Program: In collaboration with Wood Buffalo Regional Library, this program is an opportunity for community members to check-out a one-week pass to MacDonald Island Park using their library card. Increasing access to health and wellness activities by providing admission to Suncor Community Leisure Centre amenities at no cost.

WB Kids Program Contribution: Five percent (5%) of all eligible Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo facility partnerships are re-invested in the WB Kids Program to ensure every kid can afford to have fun. The program provides financial assistance to support Wood Buffalo youth and families that face barriers to participation in sport, recreation, social and cultural programs and activities.

WB Kids All-Stars Program: Developed as an extension of the WB Kids Program, this demand driven initiative provides financial assistance to kids in elite programming who are seeking financial support to continue developing their skills.

For more information on community partnership opportunities with the RRC please contact: [email protected]

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About the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo:

The Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) was created by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Council in October, 2012 to design, build, steward and operate several state-of-the-art community recreation, sport and event facilities and venues. The RRCWB was officially incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act on June 10, 2013.

Working in collaboration with the RMWB and with the communities it serves, the RRC builds upon the success of MacDonald Island Park, Canada’s largest community recreation, leisure and social centre, to lead and foster an approach of excellence in service delivery and facilities throughout the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Alongside MacDonald Island, which includes the Suncor Community Leisure Centre, the Miskanaw Golf Club and Shell Place, the Anzac Recreation Centre presented by CNOOC and the Conklin Multiplex, these facilities form the foundation for community recreation, sport and events in the Wood Buffalo region.

About the Wood Buffalo Kids Program:

The Wood Buffalo Kids program was established in 2009 to provide assistance to Wood Buffalo youth and families that face financial barriers to participation in sport, recreation, social and cultural programs and activities.

Five percent (5%) of all eligible Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo facility partnerships are re-invested in this program to ensure every kid can afford to have fun.