West Kootenay outside recreation services obtain CBT funding

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Golf course will spend $33,100 to replace dirt tee boxes with concrete slabs, build a new meeting area and upgrade outdated baskets and signage.