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For Immediate Release | August 31, 2017

Naming of Riel Artificial Turf Facility Approved by Council

Facility named in recognition of community member for contributions to football community

On Monday, August 28, 2017, City of St. Albert City Council approved the naming of Riel Artificial Turf Facility and Riel Park Amenities Building to be Larry Olexiuk Field in honour of an esteemed community member.

 “I am so pleased we are able honour the contributions of a community member who was instrumental in building the football community in St. Albert,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse.  “Mr. Olexiuk has been a coach and strong supporter of St. Albert football for nearly 50 years and has made a significant impact in the lives of many St. Albertan’s throughout his lifetime.”

Mr. Olexiuk has garnered an impressive list of achievements throughout his career including: spearheading the financial drive to fund a high school football team in St. Albert and establishing the St. Albert High School’s Football Association; keeping the Bellerose High School football program alive which went on to win many titles with his support; and honoured by being inducted into City of St. Albert Community Recognition Program, Citizen-Community Builder category, in 2011, and the Football Alberta Life Membership/Hall of Fame in 2017. 

The St. Albert Minor Football Association submitted the naming request for Mr. Olexiuk.

As set out in the Municipal naming Policy C-CC-05, Council is responsible for naming of municipally-owned buildings and significant infrastructure and naming requests were accepted for the naming of this facility. Administration referred the naming of this facility to the Technical Naming Review Panel. The panel reviewed requests as well as the approved Potential Significant Names List. Panel members recommended that the facility be named for Mr. Olexiuk based on its location and use.

For more information on the park and its facilities visit the Riel Recreation Park page.

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