Feds give Sun Peaks $100K

Kamloops Daily News
November 18, 2012 01:00 AM

Sun Peaks Mayor Al Raine is joined by MP Cathy McLeod on Saturday afternoon in announcing federal funding for improvements to sports facilities and trail systems in Sun Peaks.

Sun Peaks will be able to boast about better quality tennis, more field sports and better trails navigation next summer.

That's because the resort municipality intends to spend $200,000 on these and other recreational activities over the next 18 months.

That funding commitment is possible due to $100,000 in federal money, which municipal officials received on Saturday.

"The Sun Peaks recreation facility upgrades will better serve both our community and regional visitors," said Sun Peaks Mayor Al Raine during a weekend announcement.

Upgrades will include expanding community sports fields, resurfacing tennis courts and improving the valley trail system, including the installation of information signage.

"These improvements will provide safer and expanded fitness opportunities for Sun Peaks school children," said Raine.

It will also provide improved and safer recreational experiences for residents and visitors, he said.

On behalf of Lynne Yelich, minister of state for western economic diversification, Cathy McLeod, member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, announced the federal funding under government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"By improving facilities such as this, we are helping to boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for Canadians," she said.

CIIF supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public. Western Economic Diversification Canada is delivering $46.2 million over two years.

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