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Thursday, 02 March 2023 16:35


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Evergreen Park is looking for a naming rights sponsor for a structure that includes one of the most iconic buildings in Grande Prairie.

Lewis Hawkes Arena has been part of the Grande Prairie landscape for over 50 years. It was erected in 1972 at the old County Fairgrounds on the east side of Grande Prairie.

When the "fairgrounds" moved south of the city in 1982 what was then called Lewis Hawkes Pavilion was taken apart bolt by bolt and re-built at Evergreen Park. Shortly after that move the Drysdale Arena, formerly called the Drysdale Centre, was added and the complex has been re-named Evergreen Park Pavilion.

In 2018 a renovation to the Drysdale Arena was completed including new tin, paint, a concession stand and washrooms and in 2022, the year it turned 50, the Lewis Hawkes Arena underwent a major face lift.

Over $1M was spent on new tin inside and out, bleachers to allow for up to 1,000 spectators, washrooms, box offices, manager office, concession, lounge, announcer booth, new lighting and ventilation, horse wash bay and more.

“The Hawkes was structurally sound, but it was in bad need of a renovation,” said Evergreen Park Marketing & Sponsorship Manager Don Moon. “With that renovation and the upgrades to the Drysdale Arena we have a beautiful pavilion that will serve the community for at least another 50 years.

“Whoever puts their name on this building can be proud of the fact it is an amazing facility that is getting busier and busier.”

The Park is looking for naming rights sponsor willing to commit for five years minimum at $40,000 annually.

The sponsor will receive large signage outside and inside the building, use of the building twice a year and other exposure at the Park in a variety of ways.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the naming rights can contact Moon at 587-298-0548.


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