KELOWNA – Beasley Park Soccer Field will receive $400,000 from the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development’s Community Recreation Program to help fund a project to renovate the community centre and install lighting.

Quality recreation infrastructure helps communities attract residents and tourists to communities across B.C.

Quotes:  “Both the upgraded community centre and soccer fields will be put to great use. I know groups like the Lake Country Youth Soccer Association will be pleased with this project.  Bigger isn’t always better, but Beasley Park is about to be both.” Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick

“Sometimes a little thing like lights on a soccer field can seem insignificant, but it makes a world of difference for the clubs and teams that want to get out there and have fun playing sports. There are so many more opportunities to use the field.” Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the region to substantially increase the recreation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and helps reduce preventable death and disease.  The province, local governments and health authorities are working together to provide opportunities that make it easier for people to make healthier choices, every day.” District of Lake Country Mayor James Baker

Additional Information: The project scope will include the following:

Renovation of Beasley Community Centre: New multi-use deck approximately 1,840 sq. ft. New wood floors approximately 1,600 sq. ft. Fitness system mounting A toilet room Upgrade interior lighting Relocate sound system Renovate showers and washrooms facilities

Upgrade of Beasley Field #2: Install field lighting towers Install field lights Landscaping

The project will serve a population of up to 21,500 people.

$30 million will go to 98 projects throughout the province to help build healthier communities and provide important amenities to support B.C. families.

The Province is funding up to 80 per cent of eligible costs for projects that enhance recreation infrastructure in communities across the province.

The Community Recreation Program was announced by Premier Christy Clark at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention in September 2011.

The total value of approved projects is more than $70 million, which will create an estimated 458 direct jobs and 251 indirect jobs.

For more information: For more information on the Community Recreation program, go to: http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/infra/infrastructure_grants/community_recreation_program.htm Learn more about the BC Recreation and Parks Association at: http://www.bcrpa.bc.ca/

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