The ECHO Lacombe Association presented a cheque for $20,000 to the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre today for an outdoor community stage.

The new ECHO Energy Stage will be located in the LMC courtyard and will play host to Music in the Park and other community events.

Vice President of the ECHO Lacombe Association, Jana Fafard says, proceeds from energy sales go directly into a community granting program that organizations can apply for.

Fafard adds this is the first project to qualify for the program and grant applications can be found on their website.

Construction on the new stage is expected to be completed by the end of November, pending the weather.