photo submitted MLA

photo submitted MLA

Recreation projects proceed in Vernon and Lumby

Financial support came from the Ministry of Community Development

Three new recreational projects have been unveiled in Greater Vernon and Lumby.

The facilities include a spray park and outdoor fitness circuit at Lumby’s Oval Park, a new playground at the Vernon Recreation Complex and accessible washrooms at three beaches.

“These projects are wonderful additions to their communities,” said Coralee Oakes, community development minister.

“Through the community recreation program, we wanted to provide greater access to recreation amenities. These facilities are more than just opportunities for physical activities, they are also places where community life thrives – where people make friends, feel connected and build memories.”

Besides the provincial government, the other funding partner was the Regional District of North Okanagan.

“These amenities are a huge upgrade in quality and are welcomed enthusiastically,” said Patrick Nicol, RDNO chairperson.

RDNO received a $400,000 grant for the cost of the new washroom buildings at Paddlewheel Park and Kin Beach, while the regional district covered the remaining cost of the washroom building at Kal Beach.

As well, the regional district was awarded a grant of $72,274 for a project that included the soon to be completed playground at the recreation complex.

For the creation of the spray park and fitness circuit in lumby, the Village of Lumby received a grant $348,258.

Oakes presented appreciation plaques to representatives of Teddy’s Devils and Martin’s Angels Sunshine Coach Society, and Lumby Lions Club Society for their contributions of $30,000 each towards the project.