KELOWNA–Joe Rich Community Sport Park will receive $224,000 from the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development’s Community Recreation Program to help fund a project to resurface and renovate the Joe Rich Community Sport Rink.

Quotes: “A renovated and resurfaced Joe Rich arena will be a fantastic addition to Kelowna and the region. More families will have access and the opportunity to get out, get fit, and have fun.” Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson

“Increasing recreational opportunities is a great investment in the community, and a way to help promote a healthy, active lifestyle. These 98 provincewide investments will change a lot of lives for the better.” Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick

“This project will increase the recreational opportunities for the entire Electoral East Area.  It will get entire families out – skating in the winter and playing ball hockey in the summer.  It will provide a safe place for our children to learn to skateboard or rollerblade.” Patty Hanson, Regional District Director for the Central Okanagan East

Additional Information: This project scope will include: replacement of existing ice rink; existing rink boards, gates, metal posts and chain-link shielding disposed of; excavation and preparation for new base and sub-base gravels; installation of perimeter concrete footing and pouring concrete for new rink surface; dasher board system installed with machine access gates, players gates and chain-link shielding attached to the boards at both rink ends.

The project will serve a population of 3,980

$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.

The owner of the completed project will be the Central Okanagan Regional District.

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