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History

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History

The Oak Bluff Recreation Club owes its current success to nearly 50 years of volunteerism and community support. The non-profit organization was created in 1968 and headed by a small volunteer board. The board’s ambitious goal was to build a hall and sports complex for the benefit and enjoyment of residents of Oak Bluff and surrounding communities. The original board members, including Doug Erb, Gerry Anseeuw, Vic Bossuyt, Don Fisher, Jerry Dusik and others, organized many fundraisers such as sports days, socials, BBQs, and raffles. These events were well-attended by the growing number of families in the area.

The community’s hard work paid off.  In 1974-75, the skating rink and hall were built, with the majority of labour donated by volunteers with skills such as carpentry, painting, and plumbing. In the late 1990s, the baseball diamonds and soccer fields were added.

Over the years, the Rec Club has hosted countless weddings, graduations, concerts, fowl suppers, dances, and other community events. The rink, with its 1984 artificial ice installation, has seen many hockey, ringette and broom ball tournaments as well as a one-time practice by the Winnipeg Jets in 1988!

We extend our gratitude and thanks to the hundreds of volunteers whose vision and many hours of work contributed to the great facility we enjoy today.