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Thanks to a new agreement, Red Deer County will significantly increase the funding support for recreational and cultural facilities in Penhold.Red Deer County Council voted unanimously to approve a five-year deal, from 2018 to 2022, between the County and the Town of Penhold. The agreement will provide funding support for the town’s indoor arena, community hall, outdoor amenities, gymnasiums/field houses and outdoor fields.For the first three years of the agreement, the County will grant $161,530 to the town. In the last two years, the County will grant $185,790. The previous agreement ended in 2017, under which the County granted $73,900.“The biggest positive thing for our residents is their ability to access the facilities without having to pay any additional fees or charges,” said Jo-Ann Symington, Red Deer County Community Services Manager. “For us to build a large number of facilities is cost prohibitive. By working with urban partners our residents still have access to recreation facilities.” The payment is meant to cover operational and maintenance costs only and is not intended for capital costs.Under the agreement, County residents will have access to Penhold’s cultural and recreational programming and facilities at the same fees the Town’s residents pay.Symington said the County has worked at developing these agreements with many of the urban municipalities in the County. Similar agreements have been reached between the County and Sylvan Lake, Bowden, Delburne and Elnora.