Thirteen-year-old Aidan Johnson was all smiles while getting a ‘That’s My Kicker’ shirt signed by Brett Lauther, a Truro native kicking for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Lauther heard about the TAAC Revitalization Project and created the shirts in support of the project. Raissa Tetanish - Hub Now

TRURO – A revitalization of the TAAC Grounds in Truro continues to receive strong community support.

Brian Wood said the revitalization committee has seen a lot of success while it awaits the opportunity to apply for provincial and federal funding.

“The town and the county have both come on board, and we’re at about 50 per cent of our own goal for community fundraising,” said Wood, while set up during an event that saw Truro native now CFL player Brett Lauther meet some fans over the holidays. “We’re just waiting for the official application period to open up. As far as I know, we’re still shooting for a 2019 construction season.”

The project will see the grounds on Golf Street renovated into an eight-lane synthetic track and all-weather, multipurpose sports field for groups, such as soccer, football, rugby, lacrosse, and track and field. There will also be a throwing area for javelin and shotput, with a proper cage. These changes would allow the area to hold major events.

One of the biggest changes to the grounds will be moving the baseball diamond from the current location to a space on Argus Drive, across from the Truro Mall.

Wood said the Town of Truro and Municipality of Colchester County have each committed to providing just over $300,000 to the project, contingent on the project receiving federal and provincial funding.

“And the amount of in-kind donation from both municipalities, from the land (on Argus Drive) and both their agricultural resources, from the running of the project when construction is happening to maintenance of the fields,” said Wood.

Support for the revitalization project has also come from Lauther, a kicker with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Lauther started playing football in high school, so didn’t play on the field at the TAAC Grounds, but wanted to lend a hand.

Lauther said a few people had contacted him about helping raise awareness of the project, and he talked to his father about it.

“We thought there was a way we could help out a little bit more, and we looked to see if there was an interest for the ‘That’s My Kicker’ shirts,” said the football player.

Lauther launched the shirt idea and Rider Fans jumped on board quickly, buying all the shirts available at the time. More have been printed, with all proceeds going to the project so far – roughly $3,500.

“It’s been amazing,” said Wood. “He sold out in minutes (in Saskatchewan) and it’s since gone and taken on a life of its own. We’ve seen received heavy support out west in Saskatchewan.”

For more information on the revitalization project, follow the TAAC Revitalization Project page on Facebook, visit taacrevitalizationproject.ca, or call Brian Wood at 902-890-0528.

UPCOMING FUNDRAISER

A TAAC Revitalization Project fundraiser is coming up at Belly Up BBQ & Grill on Jan. 19. The event runs from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., with doors opening at 9, and will feature a 50/50 draw, silent auction, and live entertainment by Height Requirement (totally ’80s). Admission is $10, with 100 per cent going to the project. Admission includes a 16oz Bud Light.