Teck has donated $1 million towards the development of Centennial Plaza in Sparwood.
That’s according to a news release from the District of Sparwood, which called the plaza “a key gathering space in the heart of the community.” The revitalization project for the space broke ground in May, 2022.
Sparwood mayor David Wilks expressed gratitude for the donation.
“We would like to extend a sincere ‘thank-you’ to Teck for the generous donation.”
“Teck’s commitment to the community and to the establishment of this space is very appreciated. We look forward to seeing the Plaza be filled with people attending markets, entertainment events, and celebrations, as well as just sitting down for coffee or lunch with a friend.
“The benefits the community will see from the redevelopment of Centennial Plaza are immense and will last for generations to come.”
The release says the plaza was designed to be a safe, useable and inclusive space for residents of all ages to enjoy.
“The Plaza is intended to be a site that will build social and community interactions, attract visitors and serve to connect people to the outdoors,” it says.
“Key project features are focused on natural landscape, bringing light, outdoor elements, and ambience into the space. With the addition of an outdoor fire pit and lighting, residents will be able to utilize the Plaza and spend time together, no matter the season.”
Robin Sheremeta, senior vice president, coal, Teck, said the mining company is committed to creating lasting benefits in the communities where they operate, and are proud to contribute to the development of Centennial Plaza.
“We commend the District of Sparwood for advancing this project which will be a centerpiece of the community to be enjoyed by all residents and visitors.”
The release concludes by saying that the project, which has received ‘considerable funding’ through grants and donations, is nearing completion.
“Residents will notice visible change at the site as it moves through final stages and ground level design elements are added.”