Regional district wants $1.2 million for recreation

The regional district is applying for $1.2 million in recreation funding from the province.

  • Dec. 20, 2011 2:00 p.m.

By Sally MacDonald

Cranbrook Daily Townsman

 

The regional district is applying for $1.2 million in recreation funding from the province.

Three projects have been earmarked for a new grant from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, the Community Recreation Grant Program.

On Friday, December 9, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board of directors agreed to submit recreation projects for Wasa, Jaffray and Invermere.

“Those are sound projects. In Wasa, in particular, the Lions Club has demonstrated a long history of successful community programs as well as funding for it,” said board chair Rob Gay.

An outdoor rink proposed for Wasa would cost about $86,587.64. It would replace an outside rink the Wasa Lions Club operates beside the community centre.

The project would install a concrete slab, wood dasher boards and night-time lighting.

The RDEK is also seeking funding for a more comprehensive outdoor rink for the South Country.

Expected to cost $532,119.87 and be built beside the school, the Jaffray outdoor ice rink would mean that South Country residents no longer have to travel to Cranbrook or Fernie for hockey or skating.

The ice rink would consist of an ice refrigeration plant, concrete slab, poly dasher boards, a manual ice resurfacer and night-time lighting.

“There is substantial grassroots community support for this project,” the staff report to the board said. “In early 2011, the Sand Creek Community Club, Lions Club of Sand Creek and several local tradesmen and contractors offered $33,900 in cash and in-kind contributions for such a project.

RDEK would likely need to be a large contributor of outstanding funding by establishing a service which would require elector assent, likely in the form of a vote.”

The possibility for other funding was important to the board.

“One of the things we looked at is if there was other cash or in-kind available. Government looks more favourably on these things if the community is putting into it,” said Gay.

The third project approved for the funding request is upgrades to the Crossroads Ball Park near Invermere.

The $662,701.60 project would include additional perimeter safety netting and posts, players’ benches, replacement of spectators’ benches, in-field resurfacing, permanent toilet facilities and night time lighting.

“We always submit good proposals following the guidelines so our chances should be as good as anybody else’s I think,” said Gay.

The Recreation Grant Program is limited to three projects for each regional district. The board chose these projects over a $1.1 million trail from Fernie to the ski hill, and $186,192.46 for enhancements to Wycliffe Regional Park.

The program would fund up to 80 per cent of the project’s cost. Applications will be submitted before the March 31 deadline.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Some of the folks behind Angel Flight East Kootenay: Todd Weselake is a director, partner and pilot while Brent Bidston is the president and lead pilot of the not-for-profit. Pictured here with their older plane, they hope to get an upgrade for thanks to RDEK funding. (Image courtesy of Angel Flight East Kootenay)
Angel Flight secures RDEK funding for next five years

$100,000 will go to the not-for-profit each year, with the funds to be used to acquire a larger plane

Seniors in the Interior Health region can book their COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 a.m. (File photo)
Seniors in Interior Heath region can book COVID-19 shots starting Monday

Starting March 8 the vaccination call centre will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Interior Health reported 33 new COVID-19 cases on March 5. (Black Press Files)
Interior Health reports 33 new COVID-19 cases on March 5

Over 300,000 vaccine doses have been administered provincewide.

Ryan Bavin of Bavin Glassworks in Invermere. Photo: Submitted
Call for entries for Columbia Basin Culture Tour

Deadline for registration for artists and venues is April 15

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
36 new cases of COVID-19, one death in Interior Health

The number of active cases in the region is at 366

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

During a press event on March 6, Const. Alex Berube, media relations officer for the West Shore RCMP, addressed a deadly shooting that occurred in Metchosin the night before. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
VIDEO: One man shot dead on Vancouver Island in ‘targeted incident’

Highway 14 reopens following multi-hour closure for investigation

Personal protective equipment is seen in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
$16.9 million invested to improve worker safety, strengthen B.C.’s food supply chain

Money to be used for social distancing, personal protective equipment, cleaning, and air circulation

Most Read