AKO LAUNCH WINDSOR STADIUM RESTORATION PROJECT
The Alpha Kai Omega (AKO) fraternity recently shared some news about its physical infrastructure improvement phase the Windsor Stadium Restoration project. Joining AKO members was Dallas Cowboys player Tyrone Crawford, MP Brian Masse, and Councillors Bortolin and Marra, MPPs Lisa Gretzky and Percy Hatfield, as well as Richard Vennettilli from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) who formally congratulated the group on the two OTF grants. The full restoration of Windsor Stadium is a long-term multi-phase plan that will return Windsor Stadium to its former prominence.
“I am proud to lend my support to this wonderful community initiative,” said Lisa Gretzky MPP, Windsor West. “ This historic site is desperately in need of restoration and improvement, and it is great to see that AKO has stepped up to do this. AKO has been supporting youth participation in sport in Windsor for over 80 years, and this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will help them continue with their good work for years to come.”
On February 24, 2015, the AKO Board of Governors secured an operating license agreement with the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB), which includes full ownership of the property remaining with the school board. The agreement provides AKO with a 30-year license, with options to renew. Under the agreement AKO will operate and maintain the stadium as well as initiate capital improvements.
In March, 2016, AKO secured a $118,500 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to improve the grandstand and restrooms. Though hundreds of hours have already been invested in the planning and organizing of the Stadium Restoration Project, the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s grant represents the first step in the actual physical restoration of the Stadium.
“Today we begin to write a new chapter in the history of our region and the Alpha Kai Omega Fraternity,” said John Zucchet, Chairperson of the AKO Board of Governors who spoke to the talked significance of the ground-breaking. “Windsor Stadium is an iconic and historic space and the AKO is committed to spearheading its restoration in partnership with entire community.”
AKO also received a $39,900 Seed grant to help it promote the stadium as a place people and organizations can use for recreational activities and other local events.
“This is great day for the community; Windsor Stadium is a special place that holds so much of our history,” Rob McIntyre Chair of the Windsor Stadium Restoration Project Committee. “It is incredibly exciting to be breaking-ground; a tremendous amount of planning has brought us to this moment. Our Committee has worked hard to make this day a reality. This will be the first of many such announcements as we continue to formalize partnerships across the community and restore Windsor Stadium.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.