West Kootenay outside recreation services obtain CBT funding


Slocan is rehabilitating its soccer field at Expo Park, one of several outdoor recreation projects in West Kootenay funded by the Columbia Basin Trust.

The Trust announced on December 6 that the village of Slocan would receive $169,000 to restore the field. The funds are part of 16 sports areas and playgrounds that will receive just over $1 million.

“A healthy individual is the foundation of a healthy community, which in turn contributes to a healthy region,” Justine Cohen, Trust Manager, Delivery of Benefits, said in a statement.

“Creating and enhancing outdoor recreation facilities for all ages, all abilities, and a range of interests generally improves well-being, which is a priority for the people of the Columbia Basin.”

Other projects in West Kootenay include:

• Kaslo Racquet Club will spend $127,700 to improve its court surface and build a washroom, equipment storage shed and shade pavilion.

• Two sets of shade sails, two water bottle filling stations, bike racks and a slide will be installed at Dewis Park Playground in Silverton with funding of $72,000.

• Balfour will use $25,000 to build an 18-hole disc golf course.

• Burton will receive $10,000 to construct an arcade next to Burton Hall.

• The Fauquier Community Club will receive $138,500 to build a natural play area next to its community hall.

• The Krestova Doukhobor Community Society will receive $4,600 to expand their community ice rink while installing outdoor lighting.

• Passmore Hall will feature outdoor exercise equipment and a fence funded with $57,300.

• The Ymir Disc Golf course will spend $33,100 to replace dirt tee boxes with concrete slabs, build a new meeting area and upgrade outdated baskets and signage.