Preparation year ahead

Jason Kerr/Daily Herald Mayor Greg Dionne speaks during the State of the City address, hosted by the Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. Dionne said 2017 will be a preparation year for the city in anticipation of several large events being held in 2018.

With Prince Albert slated host of series of provincial, national and international events in 2018, Mayor Greg Dionne says 2017 with be year of preparation.

Dionne made the comments after he his State of the City address at the Art Hauser Centre’s Ches Lounge on Thursday.

The list of events scheduled for next year includes the 2018 Junior Men’s World Softball Championships, and Hoopla, the Senior Boy’s high school provincial basketball championship.

Dionne said the events were a positive sign for the community, but said hosting them would require another round of repairs and upgrades.

“We’re probably going to do more work than ever, because in 2018 we’re going to have all these events,” he explained.

Sports infrastructure improvements, like Project Triple Play, will continue to be a major focus over the next year, but will upgrades to the city’s roadways and transit system.

Dionne vowed the city would continue with its $4 million paving program, during which 261 blocks have been upgraded over four years.

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