From pickleball to community halls, 12 Vancouver Island communities receive $ 4 million in funding

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VICTORIA – The Government of British Columbia is providing approximately $ 4 million to help fund infrastructure projects on Vancouver Island.

Twelve local projects – ranging from new pickleball fields in Cowichan to repairing community halls in Saanich – have received grants from British Columbia’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program.

The funding is intended to support communities in British Columbia that have been particularly affected by the pandemic and to help with projects that can meet the immediate needs of the community.

The largest contribution to the project on Vancouver Island goes to the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) Society. The province is contributing $ 1 million to the installation of the Camosun region to help modernize the PISE sports field.

Other projects include $ 112,312 to repair the Victoria Lawn Bowling Club facilities, $ 550,000 to install outdoor pickleball courts in the Cowichan Valley and $ 444,525 to rehabilitate an area of ​​Qualicum Beach “into a pedestrian precinct” .

“Communities large and small have faced the impacts of COVID-19, and we are here to help them recover stronger than ever,” Josie Osborne, BC Minister of Municipal Affairs, said Wednesday in a statement.

“This new funding will help local governments, First Nations and nonprofits invest in the infrastructure their communities need, while creating and restoring jobs for people who live in the hardest areas. affected in British Columbia, ”she said.

Funding for each project will go to the municipality where construction is taking place. The municipality can then choose who to hire with the funding.

Below is a summary created by the Government of British Columbia of each of the 12 funded infrastructure projects on Vancouver Island:

  • Southern Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society Canada Cup Trail Phase Two: The project will build Phase 2 of the Canada Cup Trail, extending it 2.8 km further through the wooded areas of the Valley Golf Course. The province is contributing $ 336,113.
  • Central Saanich Multipurpose Trail on Benvenuto Avenue: The project will build a new separate 450 meter long multi-use trail along Benvenuto Avenue, between Wallace Drive and Butchart Gardens. British Columbia is contributing $ 322,800.
  • Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) Society, Field of Dreams: The project will update the PISE sports field. The province is contributing $ 1 million.
  • Victoria Lawn Bowling Club (VLBC), rehabilitating bowling grounds and floodlights: The project will rehabilitate the bowling greens and replace the existing perimeter structures. The province is contributing $ 112,312.
  • Oak Bay Arena Chiller and Brine Piping Replacement: The project will replace the existing chiller and piping system with safer, more reliable and more efficient technology. British Columbia contributes $ 524,275.
  • Cowichan Valley South Cowichan Outdoor Pickleball Complex: The project will install outdoor pickleball courts for the community. British Columbia is contributing $ 550,000.
  • Renewal of the shoreline infrastructure of Cumberland Lake Park: The project will renew Cumberland Lake Park, a popular local and regional destination and the only public access point to Lake Comox. The province is contributing $ 169,000.
  • Qualicum Beach East Village revitalization phase 2: The project is phase 2 of a project to transform a neglected area of ​​downtown Qualicum Beach into a pedestrian precinct. British Columbia contributes $ 444,525.
  • Repair / Renovation of District Community Hall and Strawberry Vale Community Club: The project will renovate the 125-year-old community hall building and provide the Greater Victoria area with increased availability of services that would result from a commercial kitchen approved by health authorities. British Columbia contributes $ 246,400.
  • Tahsis shelters and outdoor benches: The project will build outdoor seating (benches and shelters) along popular pedestrian routes, local footpaths and in municipal parks. The province is contributing $ 82,800.
  • Community gathering structure covered by the Black Creek Community Association: The project will build a rustic style covered wood post and beam outdoor space in a busy rural community center. British Columbia is contributing $ 398,970.
  • Sointula Resource Center Society Sointula Community Pavilion: The project will build an outdoor community gathering place in the heart of downtown Sointula for meetings, workshops, educational talks, community markets and a performance space for local artists and performers. The province is contributing $ 105,660.

A full list of the 63 projects funded in British Columbia is available here. In total, the province is providing $ 30 million in funding for the various projects.

British Columbia plans to contribute an additional $ 70 million to similar projects throughout the pandemic.


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