FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2017
Players, parents, coaches and spectators will benefit from the new lighting being installed at two of West Kelowna’s sports fields thanks to a generous contribution from the federal government through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
Mayor Doug Findlater said, “We are extremely grateful to the Government of Canada for providing funding towards this project; the contribution under the Canada 150 program advances the timeline of these projects by two years and, most importantly, directly benefits thousands of people in our city who participate in and contribute to organized sports such as baseball, football, soccer and softball.”
Construction is now underway and the projects should be completed in time for the lights to be switched on in September as daylight hours start to dwindle into the fall.
“Lighting will extend play at these fields by an hour or so per day in summer and by several hours in the spring and fall, and fulfills a request that several sports groups have made to Council over the past few years,” the Mayor added.
The installation of LED lighting at the Lower Boucherie and Rosewood Sports fields will cost $848,747 including controls, equipment, conduit and power upgrades. The federal government is contributing $337,750 toward the project under the Canada 150 Program.
“The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is more than just a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada. “It is an investment in community centres, recreational facilities, parks and other local infrastructure – the places that foster community life across this country.”
In May 2016, the Government of Canada announced a second phase of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The program invested $150 million nation-wide in renovations, expansions and improvements at existing facilities across the nation, leaving a legacy in commemoration of Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017.