Federal, provincial and local funding for the Credit Union Spark Centre has contributed significantly to growth of sport, culture and recreation opportunities for the Weyburn and surrounding area.
The multi-purpose facility is a community partnership project with the Southeast Cornerstone School Division. The Credit Union Spark Centre will be owned and operated by the City of Weyburn (projected cost of $25 million) and the adjacent elementary school will be owned and operated by the school division.
Wright Construction Western Inc. was awarded the construction contract on Jan. 28, 2019, at the regular Weyburn City Council meeting and a message from Wright was provided on its commitment to collaboration with local labour and materials.
In June 2020, the Department of Canadian Heritage provided $150,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for the Art Gallery and Pottery Studio intended for the Weyburn Recreation and Cultural Centre.
In early September 2020, a partnership between the City of Weyburn and the Weyburn Credit Union was secured for the naming rights to the facility. Weyburn Credit Union will contribute $1,000,000 over 20 years towards the Credit Union Spark Centre.
In late September 2020, a partnership between the City of Weyburn and MNP was announced for the indoor play and climb space, with MNP contributing $150,000 over 10 years for the naming rights and signage.
In early October 2020, the City of Weyburn approved an additional sponsorship from Whitecap Resources Inc. for a 10 year naming rights term through a financial contribution of $20,000 for one of the eight dressing rooms in the recreation and cultural facility. In January 2021, Weyburn Oilwomen Association Inc. and Viterra Inc. joined as dressing room sponsors, through 10 year naming rights terms for $20,000, respectively.
In March 2021, joint funding from the Government of Canada and Government of Saskatchewan for the Credit Union Spark Centre was announced. Under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the Government of Canada contributed up to $500,712, and the Government of Saskatchewan contributed up to $417,218 toward several out-of-contract amenities.
In June 2021, the City announced the gracious donation by Weyburn’s Jerry and Orlanda Mainil family for $300,000 towards the centre’s indoor synthetic turf field, to be named Mainil Field.