Roundup for Safety grant will help light the way in Woodland Park

A $2,000 Roundup for Safety grant will help provide safety lighting at the Woodland Ice Skating Center. Christy Eisinger applied for the grant on behalf of the Flathead Valley Hockey Association. She says the building was originally constructed as a summer use facility, but is now being used during the winter months for public and private ice skating.

“We’re going to use the grant to add exterior lighting to the entrance of the Center, because the area at the front steps and the sidewalk to the north are poorly lit. This is a safety concern due to the winter snow and ice and also parents and kids walking in a dark area at night. We have approximately 120 kids in our program and 30 coaches that use the rink on a daily basis. We also rent the rink to various local school groups, clubs, church groups and families for private use, so this lighting will be provide a much safer environment for all concerned.”

In addition to the Flathead Valley Hockey Association, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board awarded grants for the following safety related community projects, bringing the total awarded at the January meeting to $12,986:

Whitefish Community School – $5,000 for a safety accessible walkway;

Flathead Podium Club – $5,000 for a pole vault pit;

Hope Pregnancy Ministries – $500 towards an AED; and

Peterson Elementary School – $486 for safety identifying vests.

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Flathead Electric Cooperative members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra money going into a fund for community nonprofit safety projects. The Co-op is grateful to all who participate in enhancing the safety of our community. For additional information about the program, call Wendy Ostrom Price at 406-751-1820 or visit www.flatheadelectric.com/roundup.