Sportsfield in West Kelowna carries $400,000 cost

The District of West Kelowna will throw its hat in the ring with hopes of gaining $400,000 towards the construction of a sports field.

The District of West Kelowna will throw its hat in the ring with hopes of gaining $400,000 towards the construction of a sports field through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development’s Community Recreation Program.

On Sept. 30 at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention, Premier Christy Clark announced that the B.C. government would provide $30 million in funding to create greater access to recreational facilities, with priority given to smaller communities.

Council agreed to submit its application for construction of a sports field at the future site of the recently proposed Rosewood Drive/Westlake Road Elementary School.

West Kelowna chief administrative officer  Jason Johnson said that district staff focused on producing an application that had the greatest chance of being accepted.

He said that with the announcement of the construction of the Rosewood Drive/Westlake Road Elementary School, this application “looks to be in partnership with the provincial agenda.”

The project is currently in the 10-year Capital Plan with a recommended start of 2012. If the grant is awarded, it would save the Capital Reserve $400,000.

According to the July 2010 Parks and Recreation Master Plan, field construction will cost $830,000 and approximately $78,000 will be needed to fund design costs. The Community Recreation Program Guide indicates a municipality may apply for up to 80 per cent funding for one project; however, the guide strongly suggests that requests be limited to $400,000 or less.

The successful applicants will be announced March 31, 2012.